By Vince de Jong & Marijne Scherjon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James ritually burned a 2.7-meter-high wooden man on a beach in San Francisco. At that moment, they created a tradition that would very rapidly grow into one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world.

Every year thousands of people gather in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, forming a temporary metropolis devoted to creative expression. Until today, the burning ritual remains one of the most important aspects of the world-famous Burning Man festival.

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