This is my first post to the forums but Rites of Passage will be my 6th year on the playa. I have been witness to many ceremonies, celebrations and extraordinary displays. I have always appreciated the Temple and added to it's energy with my own wishes and intentions but before this year I have not felt as strong of an attachment as I do this year.
My father died in December. Suddenly, an hour before I was to leave to visit him. The story, as with any parent, is long. He always enjoyed hearing stories of Burning Man. He would get this longing look in his eyes and I always thought there was a part of him that wished he had the able body and health to attend. Well, scootch forward 7 months and here I am. Still in grief. With a pound of ashes and an armful of items from his altar, that need to go home.
Black Rock City is on the same Longitudinal line as a very sacred place to my father. MetaTantay was commune of people in Carlin, NV following the teachings of a Navajo/ Hopi shaman named Rolling Thunder. This is where I was conceived and I had intended to take his ashes there. I found out last night that Black Rock City and Carlin are on the exact same line...350 miles apart. I was stunned when I saw that on google earth. The land where MetaTantay was, is privately owned and I am unsure if I would be able to find it/ be allowed to do ceremony there. Black Rock City is my home. I know I am welcome here.
So, I pose this question. I know that people have done memorials in the past at the Temple. I have heard rumor that it was once a mausoleum for a son of one of the Temple designers ( Temple of Tears? ) and I want to do my fathers memorial at the Temple this year and I am unsure as to whether there are rules in regards to ashes, altars and the such left at the Temple. I have seen amazing things there. But I can honestly say I have never had cause to seek out information about what is permitted. I certainly don't want to bring these important things to the playa, only to be told I am unable to pursue his memorial.
I truly appreciate any information and I thank you for taking the time to read this post.
"May those who love us, love us. And for those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts. And if he can not turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we may know them by their limping."