What is Burning Man?

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What is Burning Man?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun May 08, 2011 1:29 pm

i'd be a fool to try to answer that, but i know that to say something is NOT burning man is Not Burning Man, Man.


people who claim to get it almost always never do.


so, what is Burning Man?
for one week it's a chance to go somewhere, out of my regular surroundings, be and create with wildly diverse and incredibly interesting people and truly live without the fear that someone is going to tell me i'm "Doing it" wrong.



no judgement, or at least, much less than the day to day preconceptions and personal bias that infects defaultia.


what is e-playa?


hopefully it's an extension of the playa where people use their real names or at least their "Playa handle" (which to many is realer than most) and take responsibilities for their actions and words and not use the flat open space of freedom as a spot in which to grind axes.
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Postby graidawg » Sun May 08, 2011 1:41 pm

Simon I cant answer what is burning man, but i can answer what it can be and has been for me so far on eplaya.

Its the place i go when i wake up, and leave when i goto sleep
where i have found the most honest and kind people i haven't met
its a place where you can, if you want change your life, or someone else's
its a re-birth of hope and dreams, where i for one have started to remember
my childhood dreams and hopes
Nobody has judged me (yet) or told me i'm wrong (i just dont know is the closest). people who dont even know what i look like know when im not happy and CARE.
I dont what burning man is but i do know who burning man is. All of you here, your burning man.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun May 08, 2011 1:45 pm

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Postby Trishntek » Sun May 08, 2011 1:48 pm

This has been discussed so many times,,,, but it is always worth a review.

Many folks in defaultia perceived burning man as a festival, a party or some kind of agenda-driven ritual. Those are all parts of Burning Man, but no one thing defines it.

It is foremost about people. When asked about Burning Man, my first response is always, "It is a gathering of the most unpretentious, generous, grateful and happy people you will ever experience." Everything else is simply a byproduct of that environment.
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Postby H.G.Crosby » Sun May 08, 2011 1:50 pm

Trishntek wrote:This has been discussed so many times,,,, but it is always worth a review.

Many folks in defaultia perceived burning man as a festival, a party or some kind of agenda-driven ritual. Those are all parts of Burning Man, but no one thing defines it.

It is foremost about people. When asked about Burning Man, my first response is always, "It is a gathering of the most unpretentious, generous, grateful and happy people you will ever experience." Everything else is simply a byproduct of that environment.



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Postby geekster » Sun May 08, 2011 2:27 pm

Burning Man is a piece of art constructed on a blank canvas of a dry lake. It is a form of meta-art. It is an art project made of many other art projects that becomes different the instant you come through the gate.

You have no choice but to participate because once you are there, you become a part of the overall project. "No spectators" isn't what some might think it is because you have no choice in the matter. No matter how hard you might try to remain only a spectator, you can't do it if you are there because you have become an integral part of something larger than you simply by showing up.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun May 08, 2011 3:15 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:Image

Which pretty much explains why I'm a hater.

edited for grammar
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Postby TomServo » Sun May 08, 2011 5:52 pm

graidawg wrote:Simon I cant answer what is burning man, but i can answer what it can be and has been for me so far on eplaya.

Its the place i go when i wake up, and leave when i goto sleep
where i have found the most honest and kind people i haven't met
its a place where you can, if you want change your life, or someone else's
its a re-birth of hope and dreams, where i for one have started to remember
my childhood dreams and hopes
Nobody has judged me (yet) or told me i'm wrong (i just dont know is the closest). people who dont even know what i look like know when im not happy and CARE.
I dont what burning man is but i do know who burning man is. All of you here, your burning man.


delle read this! Despite our politics and my occasional lashings out, I don't hate any of you! Even you, Isotopia! Im sure I'll kick myself, for sounding like a fucking hippie, but for one week it's just us. The real world can smack us in the faces when we drive into Empire, on our way out.
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby neon tetra » Sun May 08, 2011 6:33 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:i'd be a fool to try to answer that, but i know that to say something is NOT burning man is Not Burning Man, Man.


Just so you know, the title of that thread, "What Isn't Burning Man?", was quoted directly from the Burning Man website - http://www.burningman.com/ (about halfway down the page on the left, in the red box)


Now you know.

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Postby TomServo » Sun May 08, 2011 6:39 pm

I was more into Star Wars action figures.
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Postby delle » Sun May 08, 2011 6:44 pm

TomServo wrote:
graidawg wrote:Simon I cant answer what is burning man, but i can answer what it can be and has been for me so far on eplaya.

Its the place i go when i wake up, and leave when i goto sleep
where i have found the most honest and kind people i haven't met
its a place where you can, if you want change your life, or someone else's
its a re-birth of hope and dreams, where i for one have started to remember
my childhood dreams and hopes
Nobody has judged me (yet) or told me i'm wrong (i just dont know is the closest). people who dont even know what i look like know when im not happy and CARE.
I dont what burning man is but i do know who burning man is. All of you here, your burning man.


delle read this! Despite our politics and my occasional lashings out, I don't hate any of you! Even you, Isotopia! Im sure I'll kick myself, for sounding like a fucking hippie, but for one week it's just us. The real world can smack us in the faces when we drive into Empire, on our way out.



Totally noted, Tom. Thank you.

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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun May 08, 2011 7:53 pm

neon tetra wrote:
Now you know.





yes, you have confirmed that you are a prickly douchebag.


have fun with that.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon May 09, 2011 1:30 pm

I remember the first time I heard about a "rave". It was the 80s and it was a cacophony society event that was illegally using an empty warehouse (without permission.)
And so, I have to conclude, that not only have raves been at burningman pretty much from the get-go, but that raves and burningman are cultural siblings.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon May 09, 2011 7:28 pm

I posted that in the wrong thread, didn't I?
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Postby Trishntek » Mon May 09, 2011 8:48 pm

I smell what yer smokin' fishy.
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Postby oscillator » Tue May 10, 2011 7:30 am

I have concluded that BM is simply a giant bacon-eating contest in the desert.
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Postby Savannah » Tue May 10, 2011 11:22 am

And last year, I won.
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Postby gyre » Tue May 10, 2011 12:45 pm

Savannah wrote:And last year, I won.

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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:31 am

its christmas all week long.


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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby knowmad » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:03 pm

It's the metaphysical Special Olympics for Aspiring Souls.
We are all doing it WrORiNght, and we are all Winners.
. Even you NT




Oh and it's ADDICTIVE!!!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby knowmad » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:26 pm

bump. for the post lotto crowd. please read the thread title before you post.

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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby littleflower » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:50 pm

i think it's the farthest, most remote location - from regular life - that you're ever likely to go .... and the only super remote place that's actually affordable.
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby shykat » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:57 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:its christmas all week long.


viewtopic.php?t=23246&start=0



I don't know, cuase i can't think straight after,crying over this post.^

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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby lemur » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:59 pm

BURNING MAN IS BORING, DONT GO.
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby ZaphodBurner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:10 pm

lemur wrote:BURNING MAN IS BORING, DONT GO.


About time somebody told the truth.

Why anybody would camp out in the desert with all those rattlesnakes, scorpions and tarantulas is beyond me. If you don't know what Burning Man is, wait until July and we'll explain everything.
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby marcgorcey » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:15 pm

People who claim they get it almost always do, in my experience.

What is it ? A camping trip, albeit one where people discuss bacon more often.
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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby graidawg » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:31 pm

we all know what Burning Man is if we have been.


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Re: What is Burning Man?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:39 pm

its where we want to be
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