Burning Man, which appears to have started informally in 1986 and now draws thousands from around the world, is a temporary community in a remote Nevada Desert where participants combine artistic and personal freedom. In short: it's an intriguing way to step out of one's normal lifestyle for up to eight days.
If you want to see for yourself, read the Burning Blog, which describes what is happening at this year's Burning Man festival.
In an Rolling Stone magazine cover story, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert said he was inspired to audition for the singing competition after he had a "psychedelic experience" while attending the Burning Man festival. Was he one of the 48,000 who went to Burning Man in 2008 for a "timeout" from their normal lives?
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Molly Steenson, a participant and one-time web team member for the Burning Man website, has a wonderful description of this experience. "You belong here and you participate....You're there to breathe art..... Since nobody at Burning Man is a spectator, you're here to build your own new world....You're here to celebrate.
On Saturday night, we'll burn the Man. As the procession starts, the circle forms, and the man ignites, you experience something personal, something new to yourself, something you've never felt before. It's an epiphany, it's primal, it's newborn....When you depart from Burning Man, you leave no trace. " For the complete essay, click on What is Burning Man? by Molly Steenson.