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September 10, 2006
"The Serpent Mother" [ref]
by the Flaming Lotus Girls [ref]
was probably the best piece of the event.
They were originally an
all female collective,
though in recent years
they've been willing to
We went out wandering accept male Girls.
one night looking for the
"The Serpent Mother" They're one of the
premier "fire arts"
There was an "opening" groups in the world at
event scheduled: the this point... perhaps
opening of the egg, they're *the* leading
"The Serpent Mother" one, since Survival
was guarding. Research Labs has been
We couldn't manage it...
we were using the official
Burning Man map, which Perhaps it's
unaccountably indicated *two* notable:
very different locations for
the Flaming Lotus Girls, and The Man towers,
by chance we headed to the it stretches high.
wrong one, and gave up in
confusion. The Serpent Mother
So, we spent the night wandering about across the landscape.
the far side, the eastern prong of the
horseshoe, then took a nap in a chill The Man
space. flames once.
It was getting cold for what The Mother
we were wearing, so we were pulses through
forced to head back to home out the night.
Far across the plya we'd seen
a flashing blip of flame sweeping
along up and down as though it
was riding a roller coaster.
Our path lead us
right by this
A long, winding segmented
steel structure, forming
a rough circle hundreds of
feet in diameter, studed
with gas flame jets:
this was the Serpent Mother.
It's head loomed a dozen
feet above us, it's jaw
opening and closing, showing
rows of teeth made of
small jets of blue flame.
The back of the dragon
was emitting bursts of
huge flames in a rapid
pattern, creating that
Hundreds of people were gathered
around it, under it, and inside
We were near a low end where the tail
swooped down toward the ground.
As security, there were only a few
spotters standing by to keep people
out of the flames.
Behind the spotters, people
crouched down on the ground,
sitting under the tail.
Instead of hurrying home,
we huddled against the
warmth of the serpent.
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