In 1960’s a youth movement got started up by mostly rich middle class people of America. This movement was for promoting the idea of peace, love, unity and freedom and for growing your consciousness to a whole new level, where mere materialistic concepts of life do not affect the way you perceive the world anymore. This group of individuals were called the Hippies (Hippy people). Their ideas of life and love amazed almost all the people across the Globe. Hippies were strange but at the same time funny and got connected with the people very easily. Trying to make the world a better place where there are no wars no violence was the main motive.
The Hippie movement basically started from San Francisco California where they initially got settled. San Francisco, corner of Haight Street and Ashbury Street – The place where the whole world got their first glance of this unique group of people with their colourful attire and funny but influential ideas. This place came to be known as the Haight Ashbury District.
The Hippie Movement – How it Happened
People who had problems accepting the constitutional laws and normal ways of living, in no time got influenced by the idea of Hippies the motto and joined them. Hippie movement or the youth movement which initially consisted of only people from the age group of 15 to 25 was joined soon by people from all age groups across the US sub-continent. All the way from their rallies against Vietnam wars till boom. In the culture of psychedelic rock people from different age groups caste and colour joined them for one common cause, no racism and no discrimination. Nearly 420,000 people joined the movement in 1969.
Hippie Movement – Its Nature and Lifestyle
Some hippies never worked till they were forced to earn a living. They always had parties filled with songs by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and many other rock and roll numbers which brought a revolution in the music world. It is believed that in the birth and upbringing of psychedelic trance a major contribution was of the Hippie movement and their concepts of free your mind to the world of higher consciousness where everyone is a part of a higher energy source connected to one another. Marijuana and LSD were common in all the Hippie parties. Early Hippies were basically musicians and artists. This new tribe or religion or group of people was so strange that people from conservative middle class could not relate to them initially and saw them as aliens. Hardly did they know the fact that all that these hippies ever wanted was and ever stood for was peace, love, unity, freedom, respect, dance, bliss, joy and a feeling of oneness with the world. They had an immense love for nature.
The Hippie Beliefs
Hippies were known for their belief in ideas of peace, never ending parties with enormous supplies of psychedelic drugs, music and dance. They believed that life is a gift to embrace and enjoy it. They filled there lives with colours of love for everyone. They would socialise during the day and would party all night in their funny and lively clothing, they would drink beer, sing songs of love, unity and danced on different numbers of various genres.
The Psychedelic Bus from Greece to Goa and How Goa Became the Mecca for the Hippies
Thousands of Hippies got together and travelled for thousands of miles from Greece Europe to Goa India, overland route to India or the Hippie trail. With small amounts of cash and almost no luggage they united and followed the same route, they hitch-hiked across Europe to Athens and then to Istanbul, from their by train through central Turkey via Erzurum, finally into Iran, via Tabriz and Tehran to Mashad, across the Afghan border, through southern Afghanistan. through Kandahar to Kabul, over the Khyber Pass into Pakistan, via Rawalpindi and Lahore to the Indian frontier.
In the early 1970s, Goa was discovered as a place of freedom from the stresses of western countries. The so-called ‘hippie’ movement of that time found a laid-back atmosphere in Goa’s beautiful surroundings and tropical attitudes. In India, hippies visited many different destinations and finally large numbers of hippies gathered on the beaches of Goa.
They said that there is something in the soil. They made friends arranged psychedelic parties which went for 72 hours known as full Moon parties. Joined by many intellectuals in Goa like Goa Gil and Stephen they gave birth to Goa/Acid trance.
Early hippie legacy was continued just migrated to a new land which in no time turned into a birth place of psychedelic music. Their love and their colorful life had a huge impact on locals and in no time with their help hippies established their own businesses and psychedelic events. New psy Dj’s started evolving and it gave a new phase to global music which later was known as Goa trance music or acid psychedelic trance which took a global turn and the hippie culture took a shape of a religion all over the world. India, Nepal, Russia, Germany, Israel, Brazil, and many states of the U.S became popular on a hippie-backpacker’s map.