Fakir Musafar

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Fakir Musafar
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Birth Date 10 August 1930
Birth Place Aberdeen, South Dakota
Death Date Living
Occupation piercer, writer, teacher
Website http://www.bodyplay.com/


Fakir Musafar (born as Roland Loomis, August 10, 1930) is the widely accepted father of the modern primitives movement.

Quoted from Fakir's homepage:

Fakir Musafar is known worldwide for his fifty years of research and personal exploration of primitive body decoration and rituals. Fakir has introduced concepts and practices for the "body-first" approach to explore spirituality in art, body modifications, SM and what he calls "body play". Fakir's practices have been shown and his views expressed in the 1985 film DANCES SACRED & PROFANE and in ReSearch publication's 1989 book Modern Primitives (a word Fakir coined in 1979 to describe himself and a few kindred spirits).
Born in 1930 on what was then an Indian Reservation, Fakir is a depression baby from Aberdeen, South Dakota. He studied electrical engineering and has a B.S.E. degree from Northern State University (South Dakota) plus an M.A. degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. For many years he held executive positions in San Francisco advertising agencies and operated his own ad agency in Silicon Valley. Fakir has had, over the years, a very checkered career path that included such odd occupations as Instructor in Demolitions & Explosives (U.S. Army 1952-54) and teacher of ballroom dancing at Arthur Murray's. All the while, he was privately practicing what his inner spirit revealed to him as a valid but non-sanctioned way (in this culture) to reach spirit through the body. In 1979, he made his first public coming out at the first International Tattoo Convention in Reno, Nevada. Since then, he has seen as his "life work" writing, speaking and teaching others what he has experienced and learned by doing body play.

In 2002, he had an exhibit of his photos at the Fahey/Klein Gallery. [1] He also released a book of his photos, titled Spirit + Flesh.

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