After all the years I’ve lived in New Mexico (twice in Albuquerque and now further north) I’ve never gone to the burning of Zozobra. I totally forgot this year until it was too late. The burning of Zozobra occurred Friday night in Santa Fe. For those who don’t know, Zozobra is known as Old Man Gloom. New Mexico had the ORIGINAL Burning Man…although the one in the Nevada desert has gotten most of the attention. For weeks beforehand, people from all over New Mexico (and elsewhere) write down their gloomy thoughts and disappointments and all those slips of paper are stuffed inside Zozobra…so that all your bad can be burned away. It’s rather magickal/pagan, now that I think about it. But, for anyone that freaks out, just think of it as symbolically releasing all that is gloomy in your life. I do have to say that New Mexico has some cool traditions!
Here are a couple of Instagram videos others posted and one photo.
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@Regrann from @newmexiconomad – 🌟🌟Featured #Video🌟🌟 from @laura_m_marturano 😃 👍 👏 😍 Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG), is the creation of Will Shuster, one of a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores, who made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s. Shuster’s creation first appeared in his backyard in 1924 as a six-foot puppet, and over the years, has grown to a towering 50-foot high marionette. Made of muslin and stuffed with hundreds of bags of shredded paper, Zozobra is a dark and eerie character, part ghost and part monster, who was introduced publicly as part of Santa Fe Fiesta events in 1926. Since that time, the people of Santa Fe, families and friends new and old, have annually made their way to Fort Marcy Park, a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, to view this one-of-a-kind Labor Day Friday pageant. – #regrann
As an unrelated side note, and not that I’m biased…okay, I’m biased…Taos is magical. Anyway, this is a great article on healing and Taos. Taos should be a healing center. Actually, it already is in some ways. I’ve met numerous people who have gone through tremendous transformation there. It hasn’t always been easy for them to purge and rebirth, but it’s been necessary and beneficial long term.