Initiations and Salutations

16 Comments on “Initiations and Salutations”

  • Nick says:
  • July 24, 2011 at 12:16 am
  • Great Article in every way, it was like you lived with me and a note pad for 7 days. Well done beautuful!!! Cya on the Playa!
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  • neldamarie says:
  • July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  • John, here is my first comment..the blog is so intensely written and
    thoughtful that I will probably have many comments.
  • “I like to think we are all at first beckoned by the Siren’s call of
    one of our more eccentric friend’s insistent beseechings of “You GOTTA
    check it out”. At the moment you make that preliminal decision to
    depart and traipse to some god forsaken dry lake bed of unforeseen
    consequence, the ritual of initiation begins..” Mos
  • yes, my experience is that Burning Man starts way before the event,
    and every moment of planning, thinking, frustration disappointment
    excitement is part of it..and I love the compression of all life’s
    experience that seems to occur around it….and in the word’s of
    Ladybee who turned to a frustrated boyfriend who was feeling
    neglected…”hey Its Burning Man!” which I interpreted as “create
    your own experience”.
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  • Jenny says:
  • July 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm
  • Wow I needed this right now! I already feel the stress of the pre-burn piling up and this article reminded me of all the beautiful dusty people waiting for me
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  • Jennifer Raiser says:
  • July 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm
  • Beautifully, sensitively, accurately put. Hey, it’s Burning Man.
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  • Debbie D says:
  • July 30, 2011 at 12:25 am
  • I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO READY for it all- a virgin once again.
    “Being a relative late comer and having arrived in a very Nebulous year, the longer I attend the less of a late bloomer I become and the more I appreciate the wild wind up to leaving for Black Rock City. But I remember being a tender neophyte full of anticipation. A veritable pre-initiate.”
  • Bring it on and thank you for your expression. I feel like I was reading my dream.
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  • Debbie D says:
  • July 30, 2011 at 12:37 am
  • Your writing is fabulous! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO READY for my first burn. Many friends have said, “You have to go”. I have been preparing for MY TIME> and now it is. Your words here feel like my anticipating dream. I look forward to the exploration, participation, and being freely out of the box for a week; down and dirty as it may be. Let the peaceful warriors rule, the the sirens call the nymphs provide, the goddesses nurture and the man rise and fall. It has been, is and will be a rite of passage. Yes.
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  • Raven says:
  • July 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • Moze, I love your writing so much!! Your prose is magic. I feel transported closer and closer to the playa with each word!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!!
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  • David K says:
  • July 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm
  • I am a Burning Man virgin and this will be my first year. Thank you for an amazing article that has me more excited than I already am. From the hells of Las Vegas to the beauty of the Black Rock. One month……..
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  • Paperboy says:
  • August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm
  • Welcome home, brothers and sisters.
  • thank you~!~
  • ~participate~
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  • Alex says:
  • August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  • Wonderful article. I concur entirely!!!
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  • Issimo says:
  • August 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm
  • “Oh My God, there is an entire City of people who relate to me, who I can learn from, who don’t judge me. Here I’m just another freak, another dreamer, another person who sees the big picture outside the small pond.”
  • Amen!
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  • Ray says:
  • August 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  • Moze your prose for the thinking human is divinely inspired or something. Please keep writing these things. You always take me on quite a journey. Cya on the playa.
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  • Sheik Dave says:
  • August 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Superb article! Some very good points made. BM is the biggest party in the world but it’s so much more than that. It is a truly transformative event and I am hugely looking forwad to coming home in a few weeks time:)
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  • Laura says:
  • August 3, 2011 at 12:54 am
  • Wow! Reading that has brought a tear to my eye. Its my 1st burn and I’m already super excited, but the last paragraph just sums up how I feel right now. Small mentality town and waiting to get out, sick of feeling like the odd one out and awaiting to meet kindred spirits. Im so happy to be finally coming home and making my right of passage :)
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  • Greenman says:
  • September 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm
  • Ritual needs a structure, but magic happens when the unexpected transcends the structure



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