Tragically Hip Fans Believe They Saw Gord Downie’s Spirit at Burning Man

'There's a power beyond control... There's a fire in the hole'

People have claimed to have found Jesus in everything from toast to Cheetos, so it’s not that surprising to learn some Tragically Hips fans think they spotted Gord Downie’s spirit at Burning Man.

An image from Burning Man’s Galaxia Temple surfaced on a Tragically Hip fan Facebook page over the weekend, with numerous fans pointing out that they recognized a figure among the flames that resembled Downie’s look from the Hip’s Man Machine Poem farewell tour.

“I can’t even believe this image from the man burn last night, just look at all the spirits in the flames!” wrote Paula Kim Derring, who took the photo. “I am in awe!” Making things even weirder, Derring actually stapled a photo of Downie wearing his iconic hat to the structure, as an offering, prior to it being engulfed in flames.

“Hey everyone,” Derring commented on Facebook, “the Man burns on Saturday night of Burning Man, and tonight the Temple will burn. (A sacred space for tributes and memorials.) This was my offering of Gord there of a picture I took at the first Edmonton show on the final tour.”

I can’t even believe this image from the man burn last night, just look at all the spirits in the flames! I am in awe! βœ¨πŸŒŸπŸ’›πŸŒŸβœ¨

Posted by Paula Kim Derring on Sunday, September 2, 2018

 

And here’s a look at Downie from the Man Machine Poem tour.