Kenny Klein: Tales Of The Rambling Wren.
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Fire Spinning At Brushwood
In my last post I spoke about the awesome bonfire experience at the festivals held at Brushwood Folklore Center. There are so many elements that make up the amazing experience of attending a large Pagan event, that I've decided to continue to focus on some elements individually, especially the ones I've been able to document with photography.
There has always been a small community of fire spinners at Brushwood, who have been on the cutting edge of this movement. While many people think of Burning Man when they speak of bonfires and spinning, these activities at Pagan festivals pre-date the ones at Burning Man, and go back to PSG in the early '80s, where bonfire drumming and fire dancing first took root in the Pagan festival experience (Burning Man did not exist in its current form until 1990, almost a decade after bonfire burns and spinning became elements of PSG and other Pagan fests).
While fire tending and poi shows are not exclusively Pagan, they are certainly paths that draw one to the element of fire, often in a sacred way. Pagans who work with the elemental of fire see the fire path as a Pagan one. For this reason Brushwood has spawned the Fire Tribe, the rock stars of festival who spend their summers tending the sacred Brushwood bonfires; and the Spinners, who devote themselves to poi and other spinning techniques.
Above and below, Jax, leader of Brushwood's fire spinning community.
Gillian Tunney did both hoop and fire wand:
Potter Dee is a driving force behind the Brushwood fire spinning community. He leads a fire spinning troupe called Pyromancy (Gillian, above, is also a member of the troupe), and he's been instrumental in allowing me to photograph the Brushwood fire shows...
These performances by the fire community are just as impressive and amazing as the music shows and the rituals. Maybe more so: I don't have as high a chance of being maimed for life when I play guitar.
Next time we'll talk a little about the workshop roster; I am also on my way this week to Sacred Harvest Festival in Minnesota. I'll make a full report of that, too.
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