2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Cargo Cult - Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?
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Postby Aurelia » Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:14 pm

cool !
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Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:27 am

i guess it is about pants, after all.


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Postby BAS » Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:28 pm

Actually, I identified with pretty much the entire video. :?
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:56 pm

"we get to take the tank home"


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Postby Aurelia » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:05 pm

Yes, take the tank home
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Postby Aurelia » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:06 pm

but I really dont know what I want next
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:27 am

rocket man.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:42 am

http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/2 ... n-frum-day

It can be said, the John Frum movement began as opposition to the harmful mythology of Christianity. Perhaps the practitioners share in the irony, as did the Bokononists in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. The John Frum movement seeks a return to "kustom", rejecting the influence of Christian missionaries that descended upon them during colonial rule. Christianity has led to recent violence on the island, as followers of Prophet Fred seek to eliminate the heresy of John Frum. Prophet Fred is a charlatan who won over a village by 'predicting' the collapse of a delicate natural structure. He preaches Christ's return, which is two millennium overdo, while mocking the hopes of John Frum's return. How I would love to prove him wrong with a grand exhibition of modern generosity, ala cargo!

As Christians made a holiday of the Pagan New Year (April Fools Day), February 15th can become an atheist holiday, recognizing the absurdity of religion while practicing generosity without the hope of heavenly rewards.

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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:29 am

Are we sure that won't run into trouble with Valentine's hangovers?
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Postby Aurelia » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:29 am

my Valentine's hangovers have indeed accumulated alarmingly
so you are right it will be trouble
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:41 am

If you are lucky enough to have something to celebrate on Valentine's day, then I am sure John Frum shall grant thee dispensation.

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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:36 pm

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby edbrez » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Interesting:

I think Cargo Cult really opens up Burning Man to a mutitude of options artistically and culturally, even by re-evaluating Theme Camp structures and their environments.
It is more than just a discussion of American colonialism, it is about society and our ability to idolise people, objects and mysticism to live a more fulfilled life.

How quickly we can create a cult and be drawn into the hype
How quickly we can change the facts to suit our needs and desire to believe
How we ultimately want to belong to a movement, no matter how absurd it may appear to those outside of it

Its more in tune with Burning Man and the 10 principles than many previous themes were, and it excites me to be honest :D

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Postby Aurelia » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:48 pm

Yes indeed I agree
just worked out how to answer the questionnaire for volunteer "Feedback"
To me the theme is the essence of the principles
we do carry Burning Man in the pockets of our cargo pants
hopefully filling them well
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:15 am

strap down.


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Postby Aurelia » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:35 am

Perfect
thank you Simon
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:45 am

i suggest you cherish every minute.


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Postby Aurelia » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:59 am

Of course
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Postby CapnJoe » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:10 am

I'm ready to go!!!

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby BAS » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:31 pm

Too bad mannequins are so damned expensive, it'd be cool to have a bunch of them set up like in that A-Ha video. (The cathedral would also be cool.)

I can see it now-- I get an impressive set up with the dozens of mannequins... and a nasty wind storm comes up and I spend the entire week tracking down stray mannequins on the playa! YAY!

(Okay, so some holes drilled in the feet, epoxy, and re-bar or similar would take care of that problem.)
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Postby Aurelia » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:02 pm

I am packed .. lets go before xmas washes me away
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Postby BAS » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:10 pm

I don't know how well a plastic bottle island will work in states this far north, but those folks in California might look into them, what with the King Tides and all.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:05 pm

Is King Tides some sort of pop culture figure. A dj or a movie star or a motor bike?
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Postby Aurelia » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:20 pm

We do like to get high any which way
right now look up and check out the Geminid meteor showers
om this crispy dark night
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:48 pm

Fishy, it's like a firedrill, only wetter.
You can google, can't you?

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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:09 pm

Yes, my googling finger is intact. I don't even need to use it, I read the article this morning. Nonetheless, especially with those capital letters, I got a feeling of well, what else could it be, and ran with it.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:44 am

i remember.


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