Burning Man a vault to heaven? Or hell?
When traversing the city of Burning Man, you will find structures that have been labeled as temples for example, The Temple of Atonement and Temple of Stars (2004). The very themes of the event can also be interpreted to have some religious merit as in The Vault of Heaven (2004). During the Beyond Belief themed event in 2003, participants found themselves traveling on roads named: Dogma, Faith, Gospel, Sacred and Profane. One religious journalist described the actual figure of the man as a “religious icon ”and its platform a “temple ”and the event of the actual burning a “ritual burning ”.
With all these religious references, do the participants of burning man find religion very much a part of their experience? Is Burning Man a type of religion or spiritual avenue? Or, is it simply an exploration of various religious ideals and concepts of spirituality? That is what I hope to explore.