Burning Man

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Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual festival that began in 1986. Tens of thousands of people gather at the 'Playa' in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create a temporary wooden city dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance.

They depart a week later, leaving no trace whatsoever. Let it burn! Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.

There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event; rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community.

The event takes place on an ancient lake bed, known as the 'playa'. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/extremiste100 Patrick Adrien Varencaus

    modern hyppies ! nothing new under the sun !

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Let's have a TDF party at BurningMan...i'd be there.
    1i

  • Pysmythe

    A quiet little eddy of hugs, hot mugs and discussions in that sea of madness? Or an old fool like me out there trying to catch a wave? If I ever took a plunge like that, my captain would harpoon me when I tried to climb back into the boat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Trees/1360867133 Bob Trees

    Rated G

    Man there should have been a rating on this thing. The "F word" and the "S word" edited out?!?!?!?!? What the "F word"???????

    Sad to see this grow to an "S word" of RVs out in the desert. It was at the beginning just about exclusively campers bringing their tents. Actually living in the desert! Granted I haven't been in ten years. I'll go one more time just to see for myself how much it's changed.

    Was the "D word" edited out? Wasn't paying attention at the beginning.

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    You could bring the captain and the young foam, you'd be the sailor with the compass.
    1i

  • wald0

    A beautiful desert, Beautiful art, half dressed beautiful women, and plenty of beautiful bud- what's not to like?

  • wald0

    Every once and awhile you see three or more people hugging, kissing, all starry eyed, staring at each other- its called XTC.

  • Pysmythe

    Yeah, and I'd probably need it, too, to locate the captain... She's a much better surfer than I ever was, lol.

  • pwndecaf

    I think I would like the art but mostly the beautiful women wanting to hug everyone...er, um...me.

  • Pysmythe

    WTF...is this business of needing approval for your ride to be allowed on the main strip, and this business of needing approval for a theme you have in mind?! I thought this gathering was all about freedom of expression, short of corporate money. Are they trying to keep big dollars out...or just any idea they don't like? There are undeniably some great ones here, and some great people, too, it seems, but there is also an awful lot of pretension, self-importance, and exclusivity... Good GOD, people and their tribes! Have the cultural anthropologists found these folks yet?

  • Lucy Lugo

    Totally inspired. I'm 62 and can see me there, maybe next year. Senior camp???

  • djc200

    That would be the best way to get me to BM... TDF camp! :)

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Pot is not tolerated at Burning Man but alcohol is no problem.
    Certainly one rule i disagree with.
    (not that it stops people from consuming pot but you get caught you get kicked out.
    Our local festival called Shambhala is the opposite, pot welcomed alcohol denied.
    1i

  • wald0

    Yeah, but if they officially make pot acceptable the po-po man will come end it all or it will turn into just another legalize rally or pot festival.. I think that is why they don't officially condone it, because they want to keep it Burning Man, which was never about smoking weed. That said, I'm all about smoking weed- when and where is this Shambhala? I have never heard of it.

  • Pysmythe

    I'm sure it's probably a lot more peaceful, too, isn't it? Alcohol certainly strikes me as almost always a bad thing for that (significant?) part of the crowd that's all jacked up on testosterone, and really only there for one reason, anyway, counterculture values be damned.

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    The po po man is very present at Burning Man, Shambhala hires private security, about 80 of them, no arrest being made, but the booze is confiscated at the entrance as they do search cars at the entrance (still people manage to slip it inside, many tricks have been used). I worked as an assistant cook for the staff (approx 250), they do get all meals free.
    1i

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Apparently there is a documentary in the making on Shambhala too. The grounds are absolutely gorgious with a river running right through it.
    1i

  • Dean Edgington

    ahhhh Shambhala...I think I remember being there once - or was it all just a dream ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yohann.therrien Yohann Therrien

    look's fun,but the sand in the air is really bad,i would not go for that fact alone,maybe with a gas mask ...

  • Pysmythe

    You don't happen to have some idea when it will be out, do you? I enjoyed most of this one, but I think I'd like that one better.

  • Alec Mowat

    It's just sand. You'll cough it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Dempsey/552338058 Jack Dempsey

    Hey, you're talking about that old time religion!

  • Larissa Pelletterio

    Shambhala is AWESOME... I worked at the festival for two summers, years ago. The second year was a little more crazy than the first, as there were people getting into some harder drugs though. (It's easier to hide crack and meth than it is to stow beers sadly.) I was pretty let down when a dude invited me to chill with him, then offered me a 'bump.' Kinda sad, but the festival is pretty freaking magical. <3 Ewok Village! ;)

  • LISA3347

    You can't smoke pot? So its a CONTROLLED community dedicated to SELF RELIANCE and SELF EXPRESSION that LEAVES a TOXIC cloud in the air? LMBO SMDH SLEEPERS can't live with them ...can't WAIT to live without them!

  • Guest

    Steampunks and smelly people in the middle of a desert. Count me out. What a steaming pile.

  • Guest

    Sounds a bit like "Reggae on the River" in Norcal. I thought they would mind the 1/2 pound of homegrown in my pack. Security searched it, smiled at me, and waved me in. Good times.

  • johnny h

    why bother looking,with that shite attitude you cunt.

  • johnny h

    why the pot restriction,seems a rule you do not need,any one know the reason.personaly i do not smoke ,but i believe it should be legal,and a place like this,seems the place you would enjoy a smoke.