burning man

Pilgrimage

Back in 2012 I wrote a post on Burning Man, a post-modern pilgrimage where 50,000 people converge on Black Rock City in the Nevada desert every summer. This cathartic festival culminates in the ritual burning of a giant man in effigy. Julius Caesar wrote in his Commentary on the Gallic… Read More »Pilgrimage
Apollonian Gasket with curvatures

Burning Man

I was invited to go to Burning Man when it was at Baker Beach in San Francisco in 1989. At the time I remember wondering what would inspire people to ritually burn an effigy of a man on the beach, and thinking it particularly chthonic (which didn’t appeal to my… Read More »Burning Man