The Temple. It commands a privileged position on the playa and draws Burners from all points on the clock with its mystique and potency. But how does the BRC population contemplate the Temple and how does it fit with the beliefs they carry to and from the default world?
We might be concerned, for instance, if huge swaths of the Burner population felt a strong clash between their religious beliefs and the temple. After all, it is a massive art project involving thousands of participant ticket dollars, and is a quite imposing structure given great significance during the event. As the data shows, however, this clash is only present in a very small percent of the population. In 2013, 2% of Burners said that the Temple clashes with their beliefs, 4% said somewhat, and 94% said it didn’t. Considering that only 7% of the Burner population described their spirituality as “religious,” this is hardly surprising.
We didn’t ask many questions about the temple, but I suspect the question “would removing the Temple for next year’s event clash with your beliefs” might generate a higher “yes” and “somewhat” response!
Written by Steven “Indiana” Crane, edited by Eulophia