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History of the Hippie Movement and Their Beliefs

Are you a hippie? Who prefers “love” over “war” and want to know if your thoughts do connect with the hippie counterculture movement that took place in Sans Francisco during the mid-1960s. Then you are at the right place flower child you are about to bloom.

Let's discover what Hippie movement was about:

In an interview with William Rorabaugh, who is the author of “American Hippies,” narrated how in a spur of a moment, the Hippie movement spread out among thousands of white middle-class Youth of the U.S.


It was the Vietnam War that leads to protest against the mainstream American culture and the capitalist system; instead, they advocated Utopian Communal Societies.


Beliefs and Standards:

What did the Hippies believe in? They idealized Peace, Love, Freedom, and believed in Flower power and Socialism. The Hippies practiced American consciousness as an integral part of society, including:

  • psychedelic drugs
  • the openness of relations such as casual sex
  • broadened their political standards
  • the rise of the high-tech industry
  • considered a new lifestyle perspective focusing on fashion, natural food, and rock music

Timothy Leary illuminated the words “Turn on, turn in, drop out” among the young people. The above mentioned perennial pursuits had placed a great impact on redefining and stabilizing American culture.


Influential Ideals of the Hippie Movement:

The Beat Generation:

The subculture of beatniks embraced the already established social norms of Beat Generation, a group of young writers, also known as young Bohemians, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. Its significance underlies to be a small literary movement having claustrophobic quality. Moreover, it largely influenced the musical genre of the Hippie Movement. “You weren’t allowed to be in the group unless you were either a friend or a poet,” marked William Rorabaugh.


Ken Kesey and The Merry Prankster:

The group was part of The Grateful Dead and promoted road trips in a vibrant bus and were ingested with psychedelic drugs like LSD, traveled across the country to seek spiritual guidance, and widen their religious beliefs. They had no strict religion rather followed and preached Buddhism, Unitarianism, and Hinduism.


Hippies Lifestyle:

The portrayal of the Hippies Lifestyle movement had a great impact on how they dressed? What diet did they prefer? And What methods they practiced?


“You should do whatever you feel like doing,” were the words of Hippies and chose the object of Flower as a symbol of spreading love and were known as “Flower child.” Further, they chose colorful floral printed dresses, mini skirts, and ripped jeans, and the men sported longer( hair, sideburns, mustache, and beard), they enjoyed their living spot to be covered in vibrant, imaginative posters.


The Hippie Movement had a great lasting influence on the American diet. They preferred to become vegetarian and used eco-friendly products and a natural diet.


Also, they practiced Holistic Medicine and united the whole Hippie community with the genre of music, the only voice that could spread out their message among the people.


Congregational gatherings of the Hippie Movement:

Was the Hippie Movement successful? Many Congregational gatherings were arranged in the notion of spreading love and peace. The festival enjoyed the performance of a famous group of artists such as The Grateful Dead, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Nash, and Young, etc. The gatherings include:


  • “Summer of love” in 1967 that took place in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco. Perhaps, at this time, the Hippie Movement was in its full bloom around the U.S with about 300,000 to 400,000 followers.
  • “Woodstock Festival” (3 days peace and music) in 1969 was celebrated at a dairy farm in Bethel, New York State. It brought out both “political and counterculture” people together. A wave of spark thus ignited the spirits of Hippies and had a lasting impression on the society.


Decline and lasting impact of the Hippie Movement:

Do Hippies still exist? The counterculture movement of the mid 1960s had a long-lasting effect on the American culture but led to some controversy due to certain criminal acts that happened at the Altamont music festival and the Charles Manson case. These acts became nadir of the Hippie Movement and lost its fascination among the media and American society. However, the movement did not lose its symbolic significance, the Flower Power and its trends of Hippie Lifestyle still remained in practice.


The most important accomplishment achieved by the Hippie Movement was the encouragement of the High-Tech industry. The development of Apple company by Steve Jobs is one such example, says William Rorabaugh.

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