Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man
Lee Gilmore (Author)
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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. 8 b-w photographs, 1 line illustration, 7 tables
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About the Author
Lee Gilmore is a Lecturer in Religious Studies and Anthropology at California State University, Northridge. She is coeditor of After-Burn: Reflections on the Burning Man Festival.
- Contributor: Lee Gilmore
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520260887
- Number of Pages: 256
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x18mm
- Packaged Weight: 363
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2010-06-04
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Lee Gilmore is a Lecturer in Religious Studies and Anthropology at California State University, Northridge. She is coeditor of After-Burn: Reflections on the Burning Man Festival.
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