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Hippie history

Hippies came on the American scene in the early 1960s and remained a cutting-edge counterculture for the next two decades. A remnant of the hippie culture still remains in larger cities.

Drugs, sexuality and spirituality are associated with hippies. This stereotype certainly doesn´t depict every hippie´s beliefs and practices but does characterize the culture as a whole.

The historical use of drugs was tied to the spiritual search for truth. College professor Timothy Leary led the way into the psychedelic experience with LSD and the way was soon open for additional drug experimentation. The free sex concept adopted by the early hippies was an abandonment of the monogamous marriage practiced by their parents. Free love was interpreted in the physical sense and resulted in widespread promiscuity. Hippie spirituality incorporated an eclectic view of spiritual reality. Adherents practiced eastern religions with fervor and soon incorporated new age beliefs, American Indian practices and a variety of belief systems ranging from atheism to Zen Buddhism into the mix. Many hippies were eventually converted to Christianity and accepted Jesus Christ as not only the Jewish Messiah but their Lord and Savior as well. This gave rise to the resurgence of Christian spirituality within the hippie culture known as the Jesus Movement.

The history of hippies is one of stated anti-establishment. Traditional beliefs and practices were rejected in favor of a new view on reality and relationships. The hippie culture quickly developed into a somewhat predictable pattern of its own and is still practiced today.