BURNILEAKS: The Lucifer Cover-Up

By now we are used to attempts from the Propaganda-meisters at BMorg to control every narrative relating to their event. This latest incident had us wondering, WHY? What are they trying to hide?

Thanks to Anonymous Burner for sharing this via Pastebin

Hello all,

Please read and do not respond to anything on social media. We want to keep names out of the media and not give any details out. It’s turning into a witch hunt, but the authorities and lawyers have been involved since the beginning, which has not been reported.
We wanted to update you on an incident that happened Monday evening post-event. At approximately 8 p.m., a male participant was struck by a Burning Man staff vehicle near 5:30 and K. The man was treated on the scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a Reno hospital. We’ve been told he is out of the intensive care unit and beginning his recovery.  
The incident has received some media coverage but at this time we are not issuing a public statement. There is an investigation underway and we are cooperating with the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. We will share more information as it becomes available.
We ask you to please give thought before commenting on the incident on social media, as reporters may interpret what you say to be an official statement by Burning Man


Really? Reporters may interpret comments on Facebook to be official statements from BMorg? Has that ever actually happened? In this case, there is no official statement from BMorg. We are forced to piece together what information we can about the incident from, yes, the dreaded “social media”. Which now includes leaks of internal BMorg memos.

Lucifer, the Lamplighters Staff Vehicle. Image: Pershing County Sheriff’s Department

Will the Org truly share more information as it comes available, like they promised? Based on past performance, this seems unlikely.

Anonymous Burner says:

The community deserves transparency. Even if this is found to be an accident, with Burning Man and potential staffers blameless, the silence, even if meant to insulate those involved from the spotlight as investigations occur, is concerning. It brings up the potential that other incidents were kept quiet in the past, or that incidents in the future could be kept quiet as well
The community should be in a position to know what happened in a timely manner when incidents like this occur so that they can understand event related risks (whether as volunteers, staff, patrons, or participants). They deserve to know so they can be more prepared to mitigate incidents on their own behalf, and to, if needed, demand accountability and action on the part of Burning Man, or other entities, to avoid such incidents in the future.


The idea of a “witch hunt” is an interesting choice of words by the BMorg official. There has been none of that at Burners.Me; where do others discuss such things? I can’t find anything at Reddit, ePlaya, Burn.Life, or the official Burning Man Facebook group. So why are they thinking about witches?

Here’s what we know:

  • the driver was female, 35
  • she was the tear down lead of the Lamplighters and a Burning Man employee
  • she was driving a 1970 Ford flatbed truck, the Lamplighters truck, a BMorg staff vehicle
  • she ran over a tent on Monday night (after The Temple burn) around 8pm – just 10 minutes after last light.
  • the tent was at 5:30 & K, the 45 year old man inside was sleeping
  • the vehicle went around a coned barricade and onto a non-roadway portion of the festival.
  • the tent was dark colored and had no lights (tents have lights?) – which should not have been a problem if the truck had its headlights on and the driver was paying attention to where they were going
  • according to Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen, the headlights of the truck were off
  • the victim received crushing injuries, placing him in a critical condition for 3 days. He was in severe pain when treated by the medical personnel
  • the victim was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada
  • the driver flagged down medical assistance and has been co-operating with authorities in the investigation
  • she did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and submitted to a test
  • there is an investigation but as far as we know, no charges have been filed

Last year the Lamplighters set up manager was badly injured at Burning Man, requiring facial plastic surgery.

So – why the cover-up? Allow me to speculate as to the real reason:

Perhaps it is because at the Radical Ritual’s peak moment, thousands of Burners were forced to witness a public human sacrifice. This was bad enough in itself; but then another person almost died after being crushed by Lucifer. Exactly what sort of energies are being invoked with all these temples, shrines, and rituals?

The news of this accident was first broken by Rolling Stone, and since then there has been discussion of the story in People, Reno Gazette Journal, KTVN, Las Vegas Review Journal; most of these miss the detail that this was one of the Org’s workers driving a staff vehicle. All of them miss the detail that the truck was called Lucifer. It takes the fire from El Diabla (the Devil), the cauldron there to “cook the souls” of ritual participants.

Just another coincidence? Let’s take a look at some more coincidences this year.

The 2017 theme was Radical Ritual.

This year we will erect a temple that will commemorate the Golden Spike. Circles surrounding circles will converge immediately beneath the Man. We will mark this space with an omphalos, a sculpture that will represent the navel of our world, its central hub and gathering place. Passing through the spine of Burning Man, this axis will continue upward, emerging high above the temple as a golden spire. Participants are invited to contribute to this shrine, and to the hundred niches that will penetrate the temple’s walls.

In alignment with this theme, earlier in the year Burners in San Francisco hosted a session about it being OK that Burning Man is a cult

What are cults? Burning Man? Anusara? Landmark? One Taste? Heaven’s Gate? Hasidism? Are corporations cults? Is medicine a cult?

On-Playa events this year included “Not A Cult Initiation” (celebrating the “Radical Witchual”), A Sex Cult, Witches and Warlocks Teatime (brought to you by Servants of the Secret Fire), Sacrificial Altar to Dionysos, A Heathen Perspective On Ritual Slaughter.

For the first time, instead of standing free The Man was placed inside a temple-like structure.

Image: SFGate

The Man installation was called The Temple of the Golden Spike, signifying the moment that kicks off the construction of Black Rock City.

The Cauldron To Cook Their Souls is called El Diabla (The Devil), and is lit in a magickal ceremony

There were 30 additional shrines connected to The Man Temple.

At the center of Black Rock City, 20 Shrines will inscribe a circle around the Man base, known this year as the Temple of the Golden Spike. Throughout the week, the space will be energized with processions and rituals, inviting the denizens of BRC to explore what we as a community consider sacrosanct.

In addition to the 20 Shrines at the Man Pavilion, there will be 10 Shrines in the city Plazas, five in the 4:30 plaza and five at 7:30From traditional spirit houses offering protection to playful rituals; from shrines celebrating nature, water, and geographic regions to the exploration of dualities: mortal/divine, virgin/bitch, death/rebirth; from places of quiet reflection to those of simple action; from the importance of touch to the power within our own hands, all Shrines invite participants to engage with the sacred and leave offerings: written, thought, spoken, sung or secret. In the spirit of the sentiment, We don’t burn something to destroy it, we burn it to protect it,when the Man burns on Saturday night, these Shrines and the offerings made unto them will burn with it.

This year “The” Temple, which burns on the final Sunday night of the event, was itself made from dead trees “rising again” – see Dead Sierra Nevada Trees Rise Again in Burning Man Temple in Black Rock Desert (LA Times).

Image: IB Times

There was a Native American medicine Radical Ritual, bringing embers from the Standing Rock protest sacred fire, which caused controversy due to drugs, alcohol, and “bad medicine”

There were quite a few death-related art installations this year which received financial grants from Burning Man, including:

The Pyramid of the Dead

The Phoenix Rising

Image: Reddit

The Shrine of La Santisima Muerte: the Lady of Shadows, the Sacred Death.

Image: Stephanie Deveau, via Facebook

La Santisima Muerte is the Patron Saint of drug-trafficking cartels.

Looking out from her Shrine, she rejects none, for all will come to her in the end. She represents the universality of death that generates a fundamental equality amongst all of human kind. Her Shrine is covered in symbols and imagery of our innovation and folly, our greatness of spirit and failures of character, our precious love and our violent hate

Violent hate, huh? Sounds like the sort of thing Satanists worship. I note that Derick Ion Almena, currently facing trial for the death of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse party last December, said “I come from a family lineage of Santaria and Palo Monte and killing”. This is basically the same death cult religion as Santa Muerte, with its roots in African voodoo coming to the New World via Caribbean slaves.

The Tomb of Nahtaivel

Ancient stories tell of the Leviathan [backwards: Nathaivel], believed to be a great beast, a demon or one of the Four Princes of Hell. We believe that this branch of lore represents the individual struggle between right and wrong, physically manifested in the real world. Sometimes facing personal problems can feel like you’re battling a great beast. This temple is about the external and internal forces that bring people together to create the world in which we all participate whether it be good or evil.

OK, a Tomb of the Princes of Hell, a temple about creating a world of evil. Nothing Satanic about that or anything.

And we saw the return of “rowing skeletons zoetrope”, aka Charon

Image: Peter Ruprecht

A gigantic 30′ spinning wheel with posed human skeletons mounted on its inner edge, Charon is fully powered by a minimum of 12 people working in unison. Participants are invited to pull a series of 6 ropes which cause the wheel to rotate progressively faster. When the rope pullers are coordinated enough to get the wheel spinning at the correct speed, a strobe is activated, revealing the skeletons’ animation. The animation tells the story of Charon, the mythological gondolier and ferryman of Hades who carried the souls of the recently departed across the river Styx, the last right of passage on the way to the afterlife.

River Styx, skeletons, Hades, the underworld…nothing to see here, move along.

Then we had Múcaro, a giant, Bohemian Grove-like owl. Apparently somebody fell off it and was seriously injured.

Cremation of Care, the effigy burn ritual at Bohemian Grove

At the peak moment of Burning Man 2017, tens of thousands of horrified Burners witnessed a real life human sacrifice as Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, got up from where he was sitting and ran into the fire, evading multiple Sandmen trying to stop him. He was airlifted to California, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30am the next day.

People that hung out with him reported that he was on LSD for over 3 days, of his own choosing. They also reported that it was a pre-meditated action. He talked about it, and wouldn’t change his mind.

[Source: Burn.Life, comments]

Despite the tragedy, the show must go on. Burning Man’s fire priestess Crimson Rose harrumphed to the media “we have a ritual to complete”. Did she mean “the” Temple burn on Sunday night, or something else? Regardless, there was even more horrific disaster to come.

After Burning Man officially ended and the sun went down on Monday night, Lucifer claimed another victim. Quite literally: the staff vehicle used by the Lamplighters to spread the fire from El Diabla (“the cauldron to cook their souls”) is named Lucifer. It nearly killed someone, running over their tent and sending them to the Intensive Care Unit for at least 3 days with critical crushing injuries.

In summary, we have rituals and shrines dedicated to death, in a pentagram, lit by the fire of the Devil from a truck named Lucifer. And people die or get seriously injured – is this really surprising? You get what you pray for.

Maybe instead of worrying about people discussing things on social media (which has never killed anyone), They should reconsider the use of occult black magick rituals. Just a suggestion…



Dear Burning Man…

This video highlights the cultural appropriation issues, showing how some Burners really just don’t give a shit if some First Nations people are deeply offended by their antics.

Read the comments at Facebook…people are pretty upset about this. I’m not sure BMorg can take their usual approach of issuing a statement saying “we’ve listened to all of your concerns and we take them seriously”, then proceeding to do nothing whatsoever.

See also:

We Will Shut Down The Roads To Burning Man – Alarm at Cultural Appropriation

Dear White People, Standing Rock Is Not Burning Man

Standing Rock Coming To Black Rock