ACTUAL BURNING OF MANgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Burning Man : One Thread
I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AND HAVING TO WRITE A THESIS PAPER IN MY ENGLISH CLASS. IT IS A RESEARCH PAPER REGARDING A CULTURE AND HOW IMAGINITON INFLUNCES THEIR CULTURE. I WOULD LOVE ANY INTERESTING FACTS ESPECIALLY INVOLVING THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE MAN IS BURNED. WHO BUILDS IT WHAT RITUALS ARE PREFORMED ANY DETAIL WOULD HELP. JUST LET YOU KNOW I HAVE NEVER BEEN, BUT MOST OF THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH @ JK SOUND HAVE GONE AND THEY PROVIDE A LOT OF THE SOUND OUT THERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH MICHELLE
-- MICHELLE HIXON (MICHELLE@JKSOUND.COM), September 12, 2003
The man is built by a crew of people in a shop on Burning Mans work ranch , near where the event is held. It is loaded with pyrotectnics and the base is soaked with flamable liquid. Then pyro technics eventually ignite the base and he is consumed by the flames in about 15 minutes.
There are no specific rituals performed, "per say" since there is no religous signifcance applied to the man. However some groups do have interactive perfomance that is done directly before he burns. Just a recomendation. Spend some time on the Burningman.com site. The real spiritual burn for most people is not the man. It is the temple we burn on Sunday, the night after the man. The burning Of the Man is a loud and quite exciting. The Temple Burn is a solem and quiet event.
-- Gary Taylor (email@example.com), March 09, 2004.