Stranger King

Cargo Cult - Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?

Stranger King

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu May 09, 2013 7:46 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_King

Yeah, this is new to me as well. A new wrinkle on the Cargo Cult phenomenon.

Who in their right mind would willingly invite a foreign ruler into one's mild and pleasant land?

Image

The Stranger King theory offers a framework to understand global colonialism. It seeks to explain the apparent ease whereby many indigenous peoples subjugated themselves to an alien colonial power and places state formation by colonial powers within the continuum of earlier, similar but indigenous processes.

It highlights the imposition of colonialism not as the result of the breaking of the spirit of local communities by brute force, or as reflecting an ignorant peasantry's acquiescence in the lies of its self-interested leaders, but as a people's rational and productive acceptance of an opportunity offered.

The theory was developed by Marshall Sahlins in the Pacific region and is described by David Henley using the North Sulawesi region in Indonesia as his prime case study. The Stranger King theory suggests similarities and divergences between pre-colonial and colonial processes of state-formation enabling to build with insight on the historiography of the colonial transition in the Asia-Pacific part of the world.[1]


WTF?

It's like this:
The Stranger King theory argues that many indigenous peoples accepted the imposition of foreign colonial influence, i.e. the Stranger King, as a means of conflict resolution. In doing so, the Stranger King theory challenges binary oppositions of ‘tradition versus modernity’ and ‘nationalism versus imperialism’ paradigms and it places state formation by colonial powers within the continuum of earlier, similar but indigenous processes.


Nice. Your culture/government is so fucked up and dysfunctional that only a colonial power can come in and equalize things.

It reminds me of the scene in Lawrence of Arabia where he is neither of one tribe nor another, so he is the perfect person to perform the execution.
http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi966984473/
User avatar
Ugly Dougly
 
Posts: 16525
Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2003 9:31 am
Location: San Jose, CA
Burning Since: 1996

Re: Stranger King

Postby Savannah » Thu May 09, 2013 8:00 pm

This seems totally understandable to me. You're tired of the same old difficulties and suffering, and along comes someone with at least the appearance of superior technology mixed with a convincing and dangerous confidence, and for just long enough, you give them a chance.

This is performance art waiting to happen. Camp leaders (or evil factions) should attempt to colonize neighboring camps!

Let's do this.
*** 2015 Survival Guide ***

"I must've lost it when I was twerking at the trash fence." -- BBadger

"Snark away, ePlaya, you magnificent bastards." -- McStrangle
User avatar
Savannah
Moderator
 
Posts: 11596
Joined: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:33 pm
Burning Since: I'm not sure

Re: Stranger King

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 09, 2013 9:22 pm

I'm game. I'm already trying to take over Dye with Dignity from within for the great soviet (hey, where's my balalaika?) peoples





I shouldn't have said that, should have I.

I bet International Incident would be a natural!
The Lady with a Lamprey

"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri


Get a Taint, you pathetic cur!
User avatar
theCryptofishist
 
Posts: 40107
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:28 am
Location: In Exile
Burning Since: 2017

Re: Stranger King

Postby Eric » Thu May 09, 2013 11:13 pm

It actually sounds like what happened it parts of what it now "New England" - the Wampanoag under Massasoit allowed the colonists to settle so they could help them in their fights with other tribes. Wasn't quite the "stranger king" situation, but it was about getting leverage and using the "newcomers" strengths to enhance your own (or to cover your weaknesses).
Survival Guide * First Timers Guide * Ticket Info

Regarding Ticket Scammers and Scalpers

It's a camping trip in the desert, not the redemption of the fallen world - Cryptofishist

Eric ShutterSlut
Ass't Editor, BRC Weekly
User avatar
Eric
Moderator
 
Posts: 8743
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 9:45 pm
Burning Since: 2003
Camp Name: BRC Weekly

Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 6:59 am

sometimes, you just gotta accept the fact that there are Stranger things in Heaven and Earth than even YOU can dream of....


Image
"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
User avatar
Roberto Dobbisano
 
Posts: 2973
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:54 pm
Location: Dobbidossola, Italy.

Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 7:00 am

now Hamlet, he coulda been a strange king...


you gotta BE in it to win it though.
"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
User avatar
Roberto Dobbisano
 
Posts: 2973
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:54 pm
Location: Dobbidossola, Italy.

Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Fri May 10, 2013 7:03 am

H. G. knew...........Wells, that is.
Last edited by ygmir on Fri May 10, 2013 7:04 am, edited 1 time in total.
YGMIR

Unabashed Nordic
Pagan
User avatar
ygmir
 
Posts: 27802
Joined: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:36 pm
Location: nevada county
Burning Since: 2017
Camp Name: qqqq

Re: Stranger King

Postby H.G.Crosby » Fri May 10, 2013 7:04 am

Savannah wrote:This seems totally understandable to me. You're tired of the same old difficulties and suffering, and along comes someone with at least the appearance of superior technology mixed with a convincing and dangerous confidence, and for just long enough, you give them a chance.

This is performance art waiting to happen. Camp leaders (or evil factions) should attempt to colonize neighboring camps!

Let's do this.




you ain't seen NOTHING yet, my dear....
Once I noticed I was on fire, I decided to relax and enjoy the fall™
User avatar
H.G.Crosby
 
Posts: 1918
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:47 pm
Location: Boston, New York, Paris, Tangiers

Re: Stranger King

Postby trilobyte » Fri May 10, 2013 7:31 am

Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

That illustration would make a great inspiration for some fancy playawear. Dress up as a stranger king and walk around surveying BRC like some newly-acquired kingdom.
User avatar
trilobyte
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14037
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2004 11:54 pm
Location: San Francisco
Burning Since: 2004
Camp Name: Eridu Society

Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri May 10, 2013 7:38 am

trilobyte wrote:Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

That illustration would make a great inspiration for some fancy playawear. Dress up as a stranger king and walk around surveying BRC like some newly-acquired kingdom.





so it is written, so let it be done...



Image
I'd rather Burn on my Feet, than Rave on my knees

Frida Be You & Me

A gift for the Playa

THIS YEARS POSTERS

2015 posters
User avatar
Simon of the Playa
 
Posts: 16150
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:25 pm
Location: Rochester, Nevada.
Burning Since: 1996
Camp Name: La Guilde des Hashischins

Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 7:40 am

why does this look like a glittery Poonani with Liberace's face as the clitoris?



maybe it's just me.....
"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
User avatar
Roberto Dobbisano
 
Posts: 2973
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:54 pm
Location: Dobbidossola, Italy.

Re: Stranger King

Postby H.G.Crosby » Fri May 10, 2013 7:49 am

there, fixed that for ya.
Attachments
birth-of-liberace-large-msg-129684078777.jpg
birth-of-liberace-large-msg-129684078777.jpg (94.46 KiB) Viewed 1776 times
Once I noticed I was on fire, I decided to relax and enjoy the fall™
User avatar
H.G.Crosby
 
Posts: 1918
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:47 pm
Location: Boston, New York, Paris, Tangiers

Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Fri May 10, 2013 8:09 am

sure changes my idea of "tickling the ivories".
YGMIR

Unabashed Nordic
Pagan
User avatar
ygmir
 
Posts: 27802
Joined: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:36 pm
Location: nevada county
Burning Since: 2017
Camp Name: qqqq

Re: Stranger King

Postby unjonharley » Fri May 10, 2013 9:11 am

Burning Man must resist the interlopers and there Stranger King..

Our island paradise will be lost forever..

First we must dethrone king larry.. He has already given up our gun and allowed the wild feather legged raver..
User avatar
unjonharley
 
Posts: 10045
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Location: Salem Or.

Re: Stranger King

Postby Elliot » Fri May 10, 2013 10:03 am

Actually, Dougly, it makes perfect sense to me too. Maintaining control of their own government may not have been such a high priority as how we think of it -- specially if they had little or no experience with invaders.
Elliot's Naked Bicycle Service & Piano Bar - on 4:30 Plaza

--------Bike come unglued? Take it to the nude dude!--------

Camp website:
http://www.elliotsbikes.org


Image
User avatar
Elliot
 
Posts: 6594
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:41 pm
Location: Clearlake, Northern California
Burning Since: 2006
Camp Name: Elliot’s Bicycle Service

Re: Stranger King

Postby Eric » Fri May 10, 2013 11:14 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:Image


Wouldn't that be the "Strange Queen"?
Survival Guide * First Timers Guide * Ticket Info

Regarding Ticket Scammers and Scalpers

It's a camping trip in the desert, not the redemption of the fallen world - Cryptofishist

Eric ShutterSlut
Ass't Editor, BRC Weekly
User avatar
Eric
Moderator
 
Posts: 8743
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 9:45 pm
Burning Since: 2003
Camp Name: BRC Weekly

Re: Stranger King

Postby Jackass » Fri May 10, 2013 11:56 am

Who's ready to party with this strange plastic king???
king.jpg
king.jpg (10.93 KiB) Viewed 1674 times
king2.jpg
king2.jpg (9.17 KiB) Viewed 1674 times
king3.jpg
king3.jpg (13.45 KiB) Viewed 1674 times
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

11th Principle: Depussyfication - Keeping Burning Man potentially lethal. Token
User avatar
Jackass
 
Posts: 1161
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:25 pm
Location: way out in left field

Re: Stranger King

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri May 10, 2013 6:20 pm

trilobyte wrote:Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

I think there is a bit of finding exactly who is vulnerable to the tainted offerings...
The Lady with a Lamprey

"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri


Get a Taint, you pathetic cur!
User avatar
theCryptofishist
 
Posts: 40107
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:28 am
Location: In Exile
Burning Since: 2017

Re: Stranger King

Postby unjonharley » Fri May 10, 2013 6:24 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
I think there is a bit of finding exactly who is vulnerable to the tainted offerings...


I would say the low burners that are not the off springs of first camp
User avatar
unjonharley
 
Posts: 10045
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Location: Salem Or.

Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat May 11, 2013 9:58 am

what has happened before will happen again.




[media]
I'd rather Burn on my Feet, than Rave on my knees

Frida Be You & Me

A gift for the Playa

THIS YEARS POSTERS

2015 posters
User avatar
Simon of the Playa
 
Posts: 16150
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:25 pm
Location: Rochester, Nevada.
Burning Since: 1996
Camp Name: La Guilde des Hashischins

Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sat May 11, 2013 7:23 pm

"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
User avatar
Roberto Dobbisano
 
Posts: 2973
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:54 pm
Location: Dobbidossola, Italy.

Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Sat May 11, 2013 7:52 pm

Roberto Dobbisano wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargon_of_Akkad


0:11

[media]
YGMIR

Unabashed Nordic
Pagan
User avatar
ygmir
 
Posts: 27802
Joined: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:36 pm
Location: nevada county
Burning Since: 2017
Camp Name: qqqq

Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun May 12, 2013 8:11 pm

.
Attachments
harvey.jpg
I'd rather Burn on my Feet, than Rave on my knees

Frida Be You & Me

A gift for the Playa

THIS YEARS POSTERS

2015 posters
User avatar
Simon of the Playa
 
Posts: 16150
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:25 pm
Location: Rochester, Nevada.
Burning Since: 1996
Camp Name: La Guilde des Hashischins


Return to 2013 Theme

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests