BURN2 Is About Fire!

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This morning the BURN2 news is, BURN2 is being extended for a 2nd week. It will be open to the public but the entertainment has come to an end. The big event, the actual setting fire to the Burning Man is scheduled for next weekend.

The climax to BURN2, setting the Man ablaze has been postponed till Saturday, November 3rd, but times remain 4 a.m., Noon and 8 p.m. Also, on Sunday November 4th for the Temple. Times are all in SLT/PDT.

Fire is a big part of BURN2. On Wednesday night, I did something to lock in my Burner credentials, I joined The Lamplighters in their nightly ritual of lighting the lamps along the roadways and paths. I had no idea what to expect but very quickly I found myself wrapped up in the way of the Lamplighters.

The Lamplighters are part of the tradition of Burning Man. In real life, they are the folks who go quietly around the roads that weaver though the playa, lighting lamps as they go. The tradition includes special outfits and rituals. My thoughts were drawn back to the desert which gets cold at night and it was easy to imagine what a welcome sight the group was bringing light and fire to the evening.

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

In the evening, Burners began gathering for the ritual.

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

Yessie, that’s me (center right) getting the hang of my fire sticks.

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

Behind the dancer, that’s a picture of the real
Burning Man Lamplighters in their costumes.

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

At the designated hour, the Lamplighter procession began
and yessie, that’s me (bottom) dancin’ and prancin’ along
the route which took us through the playa.

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

Eventually we made our way to The Temple where
we “went really crazy” and the Lightlighter elders
did some wild and crazy things with fire!

BURN2 Day 5 - Lamplighters @ Second Life by Yordie Sands 2012

We danced to the pounding of the drums,
and we definitely played with fire!

Maybe it was the pounding drums and fire, but I found myself engrossed in the whole activity. If you are looking for something immersive at BURN2, I think you’ll find joining the Lamplighters at their camp and participating in their 7pm SLT nightly event.

 

 

2 Responses to “BURN2 Is About Fire!”

  1. Vaneeesa Blaylock
    2012/11/01 at 09:30 #

    More great Burn2 coverage Yordie! Yay! I’m actually away this Saturday, but I’m looking forward to your coverage of the big, Man Burning, finale!

    Who doesn’t love a good bon fire!?

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