We visited DC back in May and went to the “Burning Man” exhibit “No Spectators” at the Renwick Gallery. In the exhibit they built a traditional Burning Man Temple. Going to the exhibit we knew nothing about Burning Man, but it was fascinating. This weeks “Travel Tuesday” is a picture of the temple they built at the gallery. It was absolutely gorgeous, I have included some information about the temple, but I encourage anyone visiting DC to see this exhibit and learn about Burning Man! The Temples have meant different things to different people through the years. Some people have a strong spiritual connection with it, others use it as a place of contemplation, a place to rest, a place of reflection, a place of rituals, weddings, reunions, etc.
The Temple has inspired its own tradition. Many write letters to the departed, themselves, no one, or everyone, or express the otherwise inexpressible by bringing an object or offering to burn on Sunday night of Burning Man. Those who participate in this tradition often find that it works as a spiritual cleansing, a liberator of the mind, and a psychological release. What is for certain is that the Temple always stirs awe and inspiration. Even if you don’t connect to it spiritually, it is a magnificent piece of art and highly revered as such.