Burning Man festival

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The Temple of Whollyness burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival, which takes its name from the ceremonial torching of a giant wooden effigy. The event began modestly in 1986, when a handful of friends torched an 8-foot (2.4-m) wooden man on a San Francisco beach.

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