All I ask is that you take some time to answer my questionnaire about your experiences at Burning Man, especially your first Burn. Everything shared with me will be kept anonymous, promise!
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE:
Please pass this along to anyone else you think would participate & point them in my direction. If you'd like to connect with me more about all of this please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at KaraZamora@gmail.com
Take your time, but sooner is always better than later. I'd like to have all questionnaires back by the 2nd week of November at the latest.
And if any other Burner mailing lists, websites you've been to, organizations you know of, articles you've read, books you've seen, studies you've heard about, etc, come to mind that could help with this project, let me know! I need as many leads as possible.
The premise of this project is to explore the idea of first time Burns as a rite of passage into a different way of existing. Call it a passage into Burner culture, call it the Burner lifestyle, call it the Burner state of mind… call it a rite of passage into our tribe. Call it whatever it is to you.
I know that every individual's first Burning Man is unique. But as I've connected with more & more people about my own mind/ body/consciousness/ life-altering experiences on the playa, I've realized that there are countless intimate parallels to be found, not only in people's experiences on the playa but also in the life changes that the individual is inspired to go home with.
This past year's Burn marked Burning Man's 21st anniversary, tabbing at approximately 39,000 Burners who made the journey home. In the 21 years of this festival/homecoming, there have easily been over 100,000-150,000 individuals who have been to Burning Man at least once. Wrap your head around that, over 100,000-150,000 individuals who have had life altering experiences similar to your own.
So I guess you could say, that with this research I'm just trying to connect some of the dots. Trying to explore what it is about that sacred ground that makes us all feel as though we've come home, unifying us as a tribe committed to being the change we want to see in the world, wherever our place in the world may be away from the playa. Trying to understand my own experience more, trying to connect with many more of you… trying to get back more little pieces of life on the playa until I am there again.
I am still there; in my silent, still moments… I am still standing out in the open playa at sunrise. Born again.
As far as why I'm doing this, my minor is in Anthropology & I have to do a research paper for my Cultural Anthro class on a Rite of Passage... & I went to Burning Man for the first time with Entheon Village this year.
Hope to hear from some of you soon!