Theater in a Crowded Fire

Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man

Lee Gilmore

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why "burners" come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.

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effigy, contemporary america, spiritual journey, spiritual rituals, ethnography, american festivals, community, american culture, american media, nonfiction, transformation, america, burners, mecca, historical, festival events, nevada, art, modern history, self expression, festival space, fire, spirituality, festival culture, ethnographers, demographic studies, communal bonding, black rock desert, burning man, illustrated, pilgrimage, desert setting