Review the Theme Ideas to Choose From
Here's your chance to select the theme for this year's Burnal Equinox event at Burn2. We asked for theme ideas last week - thank you, community - we have 11 different theme ideas, listed below in no particular order. Click on the name of each to see a description of the theme.
Paying homage to the past and the future.
Arrival of the Monarchs
The Monarch butterflies migrate vast distances and they arrive at their destination EXACTLY when they do The Day of the Dead. The locals say that the souls of the dead arrive with the butterflies for the festival. By naming the burn: The Arrival of the Monarchs, you elegantly can celebrate a festival for the dark, a festival for the light, a festival for death AND a festival for life at the same time. People who do not want to immerse themselves in to death too much, could seek the LIGHT part of the burn and people who want to be a bit dark and solemn, can seek the DARK parts.
Asking the Wind
The sound of the wind on the playa can be so beautiful and haunting and mysterious; at the end of last year's October Burn2, I stood with a couple of friends listening to the wind and it carried the spirit of the Burn within it. Recently I came across this song by Norwegian Samí woman Mari Boine who sings beautifully from her own place of indigenous origination, but also for indigenous cultures round the world. This is in no way meant as a co opting (appropriating) culture and traditions, but rather, I believe, to illustrate that originally we all do come from some indigenous background whether Celtic/Druid, Inuit, Mayan, or other first peoples. The song and the idea of "Asking the Wind" strikes me as a place we may begin to find our connections, and perhaps, a theme for Burn 2 this year wherein maybe we can ourselves individually from our own original roots, to how perhaps we may recognize those roots all do go back to the same place. Here is the YouTube link for the song: Mari Boine: Jearratt Biekkas / Asking the Wind
Globally we are seeing more and more polarity between individuals, groups and cultures- this theme seeks to dissolve barriers, bring us closer together to seek a healthy balance and tolerance of our unique differences.
Connections Through Time
Building on the theme of Muerte De Dios without the muerte. 🙂
We are still connected to people with whom we are no longer in physical contact, but who continue to impact our lives.
Between the Stars
Almost every culture on Earth looks up at the Stars with a sense of awe and mystery, and no matter where they are on the planet, humans have developed ways of looking at the sky and organizing the Stars into Constellations. There are quite a few cultures who have created Constellations based on the dark areas around the Stars, and this is thought to indicate absence. Thus the theme of "Between the Stars" would be a lovely way to remember our loved ones and ancestors who may now dwell in the Great Rift of the Milky Way, surrounded by the beauty of many suns.
Hindsight vs foresight, hopes vs regrets, etc.
In Second Life, not everything is beautiful, but even ugly things can be beautifully rendered, or beautiful in their ugliness. We see this too in games like Grand Theft Auto Online, where the fictitious state of San Andreas is rendered in beautiful detail--not only majestic mountains and skyscrapers but also seedy back alleys, trashy trailer parks, and gritty industrial areas. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but not everything has to be beautiful to be beautiful.
Day of Eternity
Eternity, timeless and without barriers. Depending on one's beliefs is how I would describe Eternity in a nutshell. Being there is three levels of Eternity there is of course Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. One of these is all you'll ever know once your spirit departs the world of the living to the next life. You have, three choices to choose from, choose wisely.
día de difuntos
día de difuntos...means the day of all souls in spanish. ... in germany it is Allerseelen...in english perhaps..commemoration of all souls. It should not be only a festival for the death...more for life. Sure during the days, the memory of the deceased is in the foreground, but life itself is also celebrated. so it could be a mixture of elements from the realm of the dead .. like skeletons, bones, death masks, graves but also things that stand for life like bright colors, music and dance.
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Lies require commitment.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
Now we ask you to choose your favourite. You can only vote once, so make it count!