Monday, October 10, 2011

Burn2: The Burning of the Man

On Saturday at the Burning Man festival, it was part one of the closing ceremonies. It was time for "The Burning of The Man."

The real-life Man at the Burning Man festival in California could only be burned once, of course. In Second Life, it was brought back twice in order to accommodate the world-wide audience: European, American, and Australian/Asian at 11:30 AM, 7:30 PM, and Sunday 3:30 AM respectively.

"The Man," outlined by green neon tubing, is set ablaze.

"The Man" is soon completely on fire.

Before long, the structure begins to fall apart.

Onlookers cheered as "The Man" burned, "WHOOOOOOOT!!"

One wag sang a parody of "The Weathergirls," "It's burning man... hallelujah! It's burning man!"

Just the feet are left standing.

And this is what's left of "The Man," fallen half-burnt timbers, and a smaller bonfire.

Debbie Trilling shouted, "Pile logs on the fire to keep it burning. No logs, and it will die to an ember!" And pile the logs on people did.

The remaining fire was kept going for a while.

Debbie Trilling uploaded this recording of the burn on youtube.

Next: The Temple Burn

Pictures by Bixyl Shuftan and Gemma Cleanslate

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