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Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:16 pm

I think it was at a pre-playa party in Soma Gallery, was it "Hell no, Hell yes"? a man did a suspension and a cutting in the back room.
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Postby Burner till death » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:40 pm

cutting?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:26 pm

from context, I'd guess ceremonial bloodletting.

And yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, think of european doctors before the age of scientific medicine and what did they do? Why were they called Leeches? It's amazing what people will do for an endophin high. Including jogging.
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Postby mdmf007 » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:46 pm

I saw some suspension this year. I also noticed the look of well, for lack of a better word to describe it Bliss? I hear its from all of the endorphins. I here its real draining like someone mentioned as well.

How long can a person suspend without dmage? or before the high wears off?
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Postby NeonBunny » Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:17 pm

[quote="mdmf007"]I saw some suspension this year. I also noticed the look of well, for lack of a better word to describe it Bliss? I hear its from all of the endorphins. I here its real draining like someone mentioned as well.

How long can a person suspend without dmage? or before the high wears off?[/quote]


This is a tradition that goes way back. Among some cultures that have done suspension, is a tradition by some native american tribes, where the warriors/youth would suspend from a tree for one week, as a right of passage to becoming a man. During their time, they would often hallucinate, and sometimes even "meet god" while suspending. All while learning how to cope with patience and pain, some things that are necessary when being a warrior.

This practice kinda died out for a long time. In the 1970's and 80's, there was one white man who was interested in the Shamanistic ways of Native Americans. He met with and learned many of the forgotten tribal ways, such as suspension. He's also a teacher, and started a school in San Francisco to teach others of the practices of Suspension, Piercing, Modern Primatives, and so on.

His name is the Fakir Musafar.

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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:52 pm

Where does Wodin fit into all this?
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:50 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Where does Wodin fit into all this?

He was the original swinger.
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Postby ishtar » Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:11 pm

suspension is a high-intensity spiritual endeavor for people for whom pain is a way of interacting with divinity and transcending the boundaries between worlds. it is savage by nature, and ilicits powerful reaction from those unfamiliar with the practice. however, a central tenet of burning man is that anything goes, and one of the absolute miracles of the playa is that people can engage in their own practices in an open environment providing they are attending to their own safety and wellness (which, believe it or not, is possible with suspensions). this is one of the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of burning man culture, which absolutely must be preserved. it is the only place in our fucked up country that we are absolutely free to let any kind of freak flag fly, and may even be rewarded for it.
we are all deviant in the eyes of the world at large and one of the ways repression of freedom is ensured is by encouraging the pattern of passing judgment on what is not understood and then decreeing what should be done with/about/to it. if we do not seek to understand before we pass judgment (which is only relevant to our own value systems) how much are we perpetuating our own struggle?
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:07 pm

Inspired from the Sun Dance of the Plains Indians, I believe.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:24 pm

That's certainly an origin, but my guess is that they weren;='t the only persons to discover endorphin highs.
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