Quartz, “Burning Man just moved one step closer to becoming a religion”

Burning Man began in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco. It started as a get-together among friends and members of the anarchist Cacophony Society. As the event moved to the Nevada desert and became more mainstream, it became a draw for celebrities and tech billionaires, causing frustration over “turnkey” camps in recent years and the growing socioeconomic divide at the festival. In 2016, these tensions bubbled to the surface when the popular and well-funded White Ocean camp was vandalized.

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