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Updated on Mar 6, 2019. Posted on Sep 9, 2015

37 Of The Most Insane Pictures Ever Taken At Burning Man

Warning: Excessive nudity. Because, well...it's Burning Man.

Every year, more than 50,000 people meet in the remote Black Rock Desert of Nevada to engage in a social experiment like no other.

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From the last Monday in August to the first Monday in September, Burning Man challenges visitors to give up commodities and money, to care for one another like family — and of course — to have a kick-ass time!

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A gigantic wooden sculpture known as "The Man" is engulfed in flames during the 2012 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

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People dance at a midnight rave until the early hours of the morning.

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A woman riding in an outrigger fires a flame cannon over the heads of Burning Man participants as they dance in the early hours of the morning.

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People play a game of "flaming skee-ball" at the 2015 Burning Man.

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A fire tornado emerges from the burning embers of the "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man.

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The sun rises over the many art installations during the 2011 "Rites of Passage" Burning Man.

Reuters Photographer / SHANNON STAPLETON

Members of the "Naobi Village" perform an early-morning ritual in 2003.

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Reuters Photographer / SHANNON STAPLETON
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A Nevada sheriff accepts an invitation from a festival participant as another police officer videotapes the encounter. The sheriffs reportedly do not interfere with the festival unless an overtly illegal activity is observed.

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A group of people lie on the ground for a community nude picture.

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Festivalgoers enjoy a nice mud bath in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

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Jordan Lenaburg places a ring on Shandi Trolson's finger at a wedding ceremony during the 2015 Burning Man festival.

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Burning Man participants get ready to ride in the "Critical Tits" event in 2007.

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A festivalgoer rides on the "Eidolon Panspermia Ostentatia Duodenum" art installation during Burning Man 2014.

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An art installation called "Big Rig Jig" by artist Mike Ross is shown in 2007.

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A woman sits in a shelter during a dust storm in 2007.

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A couple embrace during a dust storm at Burning Man 2015.

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An art installation called "Pulse & Bloom" is shown at Burning Man 2014.

Reuters Photographer / SHANNON STAPLETON
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An art installation called "Embrace" burns during Burning Man 2014.

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