1) a large festival held in the black rock desert of northern nevada every august, creating temporarily the 4th largest city in the state.
2) the man itself; a large (approximately 40-foot tall) statue of a man, made of wood, lined with neon lights, which is the centerpiece of the city and the festival, and is ceremonially burned to the ground at the end of the festival. the symbolism of the burning is highly subjective and personal.
see also Burning Man.
jesse from dirt first: "whoever stays up in this tree will be making a sacrifice. you can't come down for anything; not a phish concert, not even BurningMan."
lisa simpson: "i'll do it!"