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#3501: Burning Man Festival, Le Mystere de Papa Loko (fwd)


The Haitian traditional religious tradition has provided food for artists of 
all sorts for years and years.  One wildly unexpected avenue of expression 
was the 1999 Burning Man festival.

The Burning Man festival, a famous multi-sensual blowout held once a year in 
the American southwest, in 1999 had a Vodou theme.  I was contacted and asked 
to advise, and I was a bit apprehensive, but it soon developed that the 
presenters of this event were NOT claiming to present an authentic Vodou 
service, but an art event based on Vodou themes.  They were very respectful 
of the tradition, and they also received input from both a Haitian Houngan 
and a Haitian Mambo in the Jacmel area, sent a film crew there, and tried 
their endeavor best, though unsuccessfully, to obtain visas for the Hougan 
and the Mambo so that they could be present at the Burning Man festival.

To check out this fabulous event, go to http://www.burningmanopera.org/ and 
click on Le Mystere de Papa Loko, Opera 1999.

Peace and love,

Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen

"Se bon ki ra", 
     Good is rare - Haitian Proverb

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