Why Do They Burn a Man at Burning Man?

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Where ritual sacrifice is mentioned, music often follows. Loud music is speculated to have been necessary during human sacrifices to drown out the cries of the victims. Twistedly, some children’s songs like “Ring Around the Rosie” have roots in this genre. It’s no surprise then that this association has bled over into pop culture, but with a twist. While there’s still incidents of human violence on occasion, the sacrifice has become symbolic through instrument destruction and burning effigies.
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