Many of you may be familiar with the Burning Man, which is a revival of the Druid Wicker man witnessed by Julius Caesar in Britain over 2,000 years ago. From Wikipedia:
Today, a wicker man is burned as part of neopagan festivities, especially Beltane, a rite of spring. Wicker men are tall, humanoid wooden structures, woven from flexible sticks such as those of willow as used in wicker furniture and fencing. The Wickerman Festival is an annual rock and dance music event that takes place in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland; its main feature is the burning of a large wooden effigy on the last night. Similarly, a Wicker Man is burned each year at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, England, and the American Burning Man festival features a large burnable man as well.
Neo-Paganism is an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by historical pre-Christian European "pagan" religions.
Below is a video of this year's burn near Asheville:
This year, the Burning Man Organization revoked Transformus's status as an Official Burning Man Regional Event. In a letter to the Transformus Community, Burning Man cited a lack of transparency in accounting, ticketing, and overall operations by the Transformus LLC as the reason that the status was revoked. So, were local Pagans skimming a little off the top, or were they merely too capitalistic for the Burning Man Organization, despite an official policy banning cash transactions at the event?
Here are the ten principles of the event, which should provide a further clue about the agendas behind the gathering:
For those of us who are Christians, we can recognize this as part of the falling away spoke of in 1 Tim 4:1:
Several themes and/or ethics are encouraged during the event, based on the 10 principles of Burning Man. These include:
* Leave No Trace (or LNT) - everyone at the event is asked to clean up after themselves so that when the event is done, the campground looks as good or better than when it was started.
* Gift Economy - no sale or barter is allowed at the event. Participants are asked to bring what they can and share with any and all as they are able.
* Radical Inclusion - everyone is welcome.
* Radical Self-Reliance - do what needs to be done and don't be a burden to others.
* Radical Self-Expression - be yourself, however you wish. Allow others to do the same.
* Communal Effort - work together to make the best possible.
* Civic Responsibility - do the right thing.
* Participation - no one attending is only an observer.
* Immediacy - participants are to become part of the event and explore their inner selves in relation to the event and surroundings.
* Decommodification - rejection of corporate branding and sales.
Don't believe me? If you are near Asheville, just visit Pritchard Park on any given Fridqay evening to witness the Drum Circles and the gathering of the pagans, or just check out youtube.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils..."
Asheville picked a very appropriate motto recently, with "Anyway you like it." The City of Asheville has taken to celebrating the anti-Christian nature of the people to be found wandering the streets, and burning effigies at all the appropriate Pagan Holidays.
For More information, visit the following websites:
Satanic Origins of the Burning Man
Official Website of Transformus
Wikipedai article on Neo-Paganism
Satan's Birthday Party
This article is dedicated to the Carolina Stompers, who have served as an example for me to begin addressing the Satanic influences in, and around, Asheville, NC.
**update** 3.10 PM
There are more videos being uploaded to youtube, so here is a playlist:
And here is Google Maps showing you where the event took place:
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Pagans, this is for you...
**update** 10.35 AM July 31, 2008. Part Two in this series is at Thunder Pig.