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Reynoso Blog 9

Within the Mevlevi Sama, music plays a very spiritual role. During all the rites of the Sufi orders, there is a belief that there is a direct spiritual union with a universal god. In the textbook, “Music and Spirituality”, it is stated that, “The Mevlevi place a strong emphasis on music, which sends the practitioner’s physical body into a slow dance of graceful and ecstatic turning.” (315). With this, it is notable that in the Mevlevi ceremony, as seen in the YouTube video, that the music is not just an accompaniment, but a necessary component of the Mevlevi, in order to transcend to a state of “ecstatic turning”.

With “Amazing Grace”, however, the use of this piece is different, in terms of for what the song is used for. The textbook states that “Amazing Grace” is used for “commemoratory events [but more] particularly funerals” (p. 288). With this, the song can be used in Church for mass, however, it could also be found in events such as funerals. The end result is that, while the Sema Ceremony is strictly only found with the Mevlevi, a piece such as “Amazing Grace” is not limited to a certain event or faith.


  1. Amazing Grace participates in many occasion, people seems forget its original purpose. Music’s function is unlimited; it can break many boundary.

  2. I like how you pointed out the fact that some traditions have stopped being traditions because people have taken them and inserted them into occasions that they were originally not meant to be at.

  3. I like that you noted it’s purpose has changed over time. I think it’s really interesting to see how music is able to be applied to different cultures or times in different ways. “Amazing Grace” is a song that I’ve heard on numerous occasions, even sang for certain occasions, yetI am not of the Christian faith. It’s kind of similar to the Bamaaya that we learned about where it’s purpose changed from a rain dance to a funeral song over time.

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