Friday, December 12, 2008

"Hippie Roots & The Perennial Subculture"

By Gordon Kennedy & Kody Ryan

I thought that this article was fascinating about the evolution of a culture that human being naturally love to do...this is the wanderlust that is ingrained in our human race!

"The surf scene foreshadowed the hippie period by at least a decade with many common features. This surf-sedan was painted psychedelic in 1962 on Oahu, Hawaii, a half-decade before the infamous "Summer of Love" in San Francisco"

wow...that is so cool...

I remember travelling in the 60s with my family...(my older brother and parents)

this "hippy" culture would reach Oz a few years later...but the waltzing matilda desire to wander has always been with the Aussie culture

far more so than in any other country that I've seen...

other than Germany...they love to travel!

I realize at this late age how much of a hippy I am... my wife has joined in the quest for our magical utopia....

the wanderlust was so much a part of my parents coming over to the states after WW2...

He was the travelling Aussie that finds work in all sorts of niches and crannies throughout the world..

They must have the most bohemian gypsy of any nation!

I just came on this blog when I was searching for hippy images and this site that described the teutonic history of the hippy movement came up...

There was a naturist and wanderlust from the gypsies, Bohemian philosophy at the turn of the 20th century...It was not until the late 60's that the term "hippie" became a new media word!

"In 1904 German author Richard Ungewitter wrote a book titled "Die Nacktheit" (nakedness) wherein he advocated nudism, abstention from meat, tobacco and alcohol. He had to publish it himself, but it quickly became a bestseller. The vegetarian aspect focused on the purity of the body and soul, with adherence to a regular program of fitness. The German attitude towards nudity has not changed too much in 100 years because even now on a warm summer day people along lakes and rivers can be found enjoying themselves in the sunshine without clothing".....

"Another group, called the "Wandervogel", was founded in 1895 by Hermann Hoffmann and Karl Fischer in Steglitz, a suburb of Berlin. They began to take some high school students on nature walks, then later on longer hikes. Soon a huge youth movement that was both anti-bourgeois and Teutonic Pagan in character, composed mostly of middle class German children, organized into autonomous bands.
Wandervogel members, aged mainly between 14-18 years and spread to all parts of Germany eventually numbering 50,000. Part hobo and part medieval, they pooled their money, wore woolen capes, shorts and Tyrolean hats and took long hikes in the country where they sang their own versions of Goliardic songs and camped under primitive conditions. Both sexes swam nude together in the lakes and rivers and in their hometowns they established "nests" and "anti-homes", sometimes in ruined castles where they met to plan trips and play mandolins and guitars"...


"Perhaps the most central Neo-Pagan element in the German folk movements was sun-worship, believed to be the ancient Teutonic religion. From at least the Romantic era, sun-worship was offered by prominent Germans as the most rational alternative to Christianity. The solar images were at the center of a desire to return to natural Paganism and a natural lifestyle in harmony with the earth."

(moonlight on Mermaid Beach)

from "Hippie Roots & The Perennial Subculture"
By Gordon Kennedy & Kody Ryan

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