Were David Bowie’s ashes tossed to the wind at Burning Man?

A lot went down at this year’s Burning Man. Billionaires networked over doses of MDMA. “Hooligans” went Occupy Wall Street on super-rich campers. And on the wind-swept desert plains of Nevada, everybody ate a lot of dust – and possibly a bit of the late rock star David Bowie.

The ashes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson were notoriously shot from a cannon outside Aspen – as red, white and blue fireworks filled the sky and Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” played. It seems David Bowie’s godchild had something similar in mind.

A source told E! News: “David’s godchild and David had long talks about Burning Man and what it stands for, and David loved the message behind it.” Apparently so much so that David’s wife Iman gave permission for a portion of the late singer’s ashes to be scattered at this year’s festival.

It is said that Bowie was remembered at a small ceremony of 70 people at the Temple, a huge structure for attendees to pay tribute to their departed loved ones at Burning Man.

However, the whole thing might be hogwash. In fact, it definitely is according to Bowie’s son who tweeted:

Nevertheless, there were witnesses – likely tripping on enough acid to summon the ghost of Timothy Leary – who say the attended the ceremony where Bowie’s ashes were poured.

“We played [David’s] music the entire drive from our camp to the Temple and back,” a witness told E! “Most of us had the Bowie [lightning bolt] face paint on in his honour.”

“It originally came from my blog,” Mark Milhaly told the Mirror. “There’s no question it’s true. I’ve spoken to multiple people who were there, including an art car owner, who was in the procession and [who] is in contact with Bowie’s family. I’ve also seen photographs, which I’m not allowed to share out of respect.

“The family member who brought the ashes requested to be taken out of my piece, so I removed him/her from my article and post. It was apparently supposed to be a fairly private affair, but when you have dozens of people at something it’s unlikely to remain totally private.”