Whirling Dervish Lure
The Whirling Dervish Lure is interesting antique lure. The lure itself is made plastic in the form of a drill bit of sorts. The lure dances across the top of the water as does its namesake across the dance area. The lure has a single trailing dressed treble hook. The Whirling Dervish was made by the Whirling Dervish Bait company out of Oklahoma City. The lure was somewhere in the late 40’s early 1950’s. The antique lure is shown in its correct box, and was available in 2 different sizes as well as a host of antique lure colors.
The Whirling Dervish gets its name from the action it makes while being retrieved. The Whirling Dervish is what we as westerners has called a certain sect or Turkish folk of the Mevlevi Order. They lived in what we might call coisters or monasteries, like monks. The group gets its name from the religious rituals it performs.
As written on another page: “The rituals of the Rumi’s followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.”
Although the lure is not high in monetary value, its exceedingly hard to find to add to you miscellaneous antique lure collection.