temple

out of the desert grew a ritual,
a celebration,
a participatory moment

out of the moment grew a need
a need fulfilled by a temple
a place to let go,
to remember,
to celebrate

the temple became a tradition
it grew from the playa,
from the temporary city,
from the culture
its methods were ours,
its tradition was ours
it became a part of our city

and a part of us.

– jess hobbs

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the temple is taken seriously, and while just about everything is amplified both figuratively and literally, the temple is also amplified, but not with booming music and wild ecstatic dancing or with art cars that slither along the desert floor or with other lunatic cacophony. while the temple is something that does reflect the mad masquerade and joy of our community, it does so with sacredness, solemnity, a sense of remembrance, grief and renewal that can appear as a stark contrast to the rest of the event.

it is the contrast that helps to define our community as anything but one dimensional.

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a desert temple built as art beckons wounded hearts in need

that which shades a weary soul is written on its tinder frame

the phoenix born from temple flames engulf the hurt - a healing pyre

- david mohn

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