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PHOTOS: Israel's Burning Man damages ancient archaeological site

May 29, 2015 08:58 IST
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People watch the burning of the 'Effigy, Adam & Eve' exhibit during the Midburn festival at southern Israel. All photographs: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israel’s answer to Burning Man, the quirky, week-long ‘Midburn’, concluded on Sunday, in the country's southern Negev desert despite conflicts with the authorities, who had threatened to cancel the event.

A woman is seen during the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

A whopping 7,000 people attended the event. But the festival violated one of Burning Man’s 10 principles – ‘Leave no trace’.

A general view shows a part of the 'Playa' at the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

Participants set up a temporary city created theme camps revolving around music, art, meditation, food, or performance.

A man rides a kite during the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

In keeping with the Burning Man tradition, thousands of revelers set-up camp in the desert for 5 days of art, dance and music, burning their exhibits on the last two nights of the festival.

A statement written by a participant is seen on the 'Temple Of One' exhibit during the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

The extent of the damage is unclear. The site was discovered 30 years ago by an Israeli archaeologist.

 

A man watches the burning of the 'Effigy, Adam & Eve' exhibit (not seen) during Midburn festival at southern Israel.
 
 
People dance during the Midburn festival at southern Israel.
 
 

An artwork is seen at the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

 

A man rides a bicycle during Midburn festival at southern Israel.

People dance during the Midburn festival at southern Israel.

 

 

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