A video by Vasilis Manjuranis is proving quite popular.
This was posted in 2019 and has received very few views (258 at the time of writing).
The claim is that the footage is from 1986. The number of people around does seem to match the official story of the first burn.
Can anyone identify the people in this video? Larry Harvey, Jerry James, Flash…who else?
The head of the Man being burned in this video looks much like the traditional Burning Man trapezoidal face we see today.
However, the first Burning Man looked markedly different.
This image we have of the Burning Man on the Summer Solstice sunset 1986 was originally posted on Burning Man Founder “Danger Ranger”‘s Flickr page, with photo credit to Jerry James. The EXIF metadata of this photo has the date as 2008, perhaps when it was digitally scanned.
Although there are some similarities, to me these figures look noticeably different. The first image looks most like the modern day Burning Man, with a triangular head and only 2 “horns”. The second looks like Pan or Baphomet with flared hips and muscular parallel legs, goat head, devil horns, and an occult heptagon central shape. The third has a love heart face, pentagon central shape, boobs, hourglass figure with straightened shoulders and more human-looking hips, angled legs and crown.
Why Are There Multiple Original Burning Man Effigies?
Did they rearrange one statue to get two different images? As above, so below? Or was there a Satanic burn in 1985, followed by a love heart “Burning Woman” in 1986 which they brought a film camera to?
The Horned Devil image was chosen to represent Burning Man in this flyer for the 1987 Summer Solstice (Midsommar) event:
Here is one of the earliest recordings of Larry Harvey’s story of how it all got started. The clip at the start of this post seems to have been taken from here. Note that he says “1985” at 0:57 seconds; at 1:18 he says “ten feet tall”.
According to the official story, the Burning Man effigy has never been 10 feet tall.
The oldest “official” footage from the Burning Man Project’s channel is from 1988. There were quite a few more people around by then, and The Man is much bigger.
The 1988 statue is definitely 30 feet tall
Was it 10 feet taller again in 1989?
The Burning Man origin myth is explored in great detail in Part 4 of my series Silicon Valley’s Secret Weapon – the Shadow History of Burners.
A guest post from A Balanced Perspective.
In a most sad manner, Lonnie Richey died in the traffic accident near to Gerlach that halted Burning Man traffic for six hours. His two teen age children are heart broken over the death of their father. He was returning from his twelve hour, overnight, double shift opening the Burning Man event.
In addition to the arrests, there were two Burning Man–related deaths. The first occurred on Sunday, August 25. Lonnie Richey, a 61-year-old Nevada man, was killed in a fatal car crash on County Road 34, which is a narrow, two-lane, stretch of highway that leads to the event site. Richey, Salon has learned, was working as a flagger for traffic control for the event, contracted through a sub-agency. The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office told KTVN that fatigue appeared to be a factor in his death.
Empathy is a very important human emotion. Empathy is not within the Ten Principles of Burning Man, but empathy is necessary for community to exist. In the place of memorializing the life of Lonnie Harris, whom died in due of assisting Burners traveling to the burn, the BMOrg has been silent in regards to his death, and their rubbish social media crew is halting any discussions upon this matter. My belief is the BMOrg instructed workers, and volunteers, to not discuss his death, desiring to prevent Burners, and his family, from learning what occurred in regards of his death.
The BMOrg website states of the ghost of Larry Harvey continues as Philosophic Director. As is most apparent in regards of their actions upon the death of Lonnie Richey, they are following Larry’s philosophic direction, of in 1996, when Michael Fury was near to decapitated in a motorcycle crash on the playa, Larry was most concerned with, and yelling, numerous times, that his death did not occur at Burning Man. My belief is empathy is most important, empathy is necessary for community to exist.
This behaviour, by the BMOrg, towards Burning Man workers, and volunteers, is not new. In Salon, Exclusive: Burning Man, a utopia for guests, can be a hell for many workers, Black Rock Ranger Kelli Hoversten bravely describes her experience with the BMOrg, after she was blinded by a laser at the Man burn within 2014. Might the BMOrg be repeating their behaviour in regards to the death of Lonnie Richey?
Nevada state law also requires that when an injured worker receives workers’ compensation, he or she cannot sue the employer. Hoversten connected with an executive claims consultant, as directed by Burning Man, who told her to file her claim in Missouri because that is was her permanent residence, advice she now says was legally incorrect. She says she was never told that there was a 90-day filing period in Nevada. By the time she figured that out, it was too late to file a claim. “If I would have filed in Nevada, my case would have been much stronger,” she said. “When Burning Man [tells] you that they are helping you with workers’ comp, they are not.”
Six months after the accident, Hoversten’s medical bills were piling up. In March 2015, one of her friends set up a GoFundMe to try to help her cope with the cost. At that point, Burning Man management finally took notice and offered her a $10,000 anonymous donation, attached to a nondisclosure agreement. A standard life insurance policy will generally pay $250,000 to someone who is rendered legally blind in both eyes on the job. Hoversten had two weeks to accept the offer, which she says turned into two weeks of harassment by an employee in the human resources department. She did not accept the offer.
My belief is the Burner community, artists, volunteers, and the Burning Man event, are awesome. I am in agreement with the statements, within the article, of,
“I still believe in the [Burning Man] community and the service of the volunteers as a community,” she said, adding that there is a disconnect between upper management and those who run the festival — a gulf that appears to be widening and might hurt the festival in the long run. “If they don’t start caring about their volunteers and treating their volunteers like we are human beings and have worth…”, and of
Hoversten is not the only one who still finds value in the Burning Man community. Bond, who worked at Center Camp said she wants it to be “wonderful and beautiful again,” but that would require changes in upper management. “How do you get people to not abuse their power?” Bond asked. “It feels like there needs to be a shift in the alignment of their moral fibers.”
There are numerous queries that the BMOrg has hidden in regards of the death of Lonnie Richey. Might anyone, other than the rubbish BMOrg social media crew, know the details in regards of his employment, directions, or death, might you leave a comment, purposed to assist his children? My belief is the guardians of Lonnie Richey’s children are most in need of gaining good workers compensation legal advice, purposed to assist his heart broken children in their lives.