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Hippies: Are they extinct or just dwindling in number?

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Originally part of Are you a Travel Snob?
Have you seen a hippy lately? If so, where?
11 years ago, August 1st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #43919  

Oh, yea and I do look down on the 'hippie ...



Where did you find a hippy to look down on? I thought they are extinct. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, August 1st 2008 No: 2 Msg: #43921  
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Mell, there are plenty of the great unwashed floating around asia and india ... try Pushkar ... positively overrun with the type! Shame cause it's such a lovely town!

see ... snobbery is alive and well! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 1st 2008 No: 3 Msg: #43923  
Now that I think about it there are some hippies that I have heard about. Apparently some live in dodgy Ashrams in India and some of them have been there since the 60s. I think they run out of money so cant fly home and then just live in the Ashrams smoking marijuana and making some pennies from selling some of it. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #44149  
I am sure there are a few still floating around, but nowadays many more best called "progressive hippies" walking around with there tie-dye t-shirts listening to grateful dead on there ipods...I must agree with the them hiding out in pushkar, its such a beautiful city when its not overrun with them. Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #44191  

...walking around with there tie-dye t-shirts listening to grateful dead on there ipods...



You just described my sister and brother in law, Jordan. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #44193  
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Oh, gosh.. They are living in many other holy and tourist places in India.





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11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #44230  
sounds like you guys have a pretty stereotypical view of the "hippie".

These days in America its more of a mindset than anything else. A lot of progressive individuals in the States identify with the need for nonviolent subversion to effect change in the world.

But you seem to be referring more to the stereotype of lazy, pot-smoking individuals who don't shower.

yeah, they still exist. Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #44233  
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I think it was originally the

'hippie ... I'm so one with the local people' type



which generally is the scruffy, dirty, drug smoking stereotype ... remember this came out of a travel snobbery post and I admit my prejudices! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #44243  
haha!

snobbery aside, that way of being can be pretty silly sometimes. There's a thin line between that kind of person and the genuinely interested person who travels to understand the world.

But i get it--showering is a luxury though, sometimes.

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11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #44248  
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a luxury at times ... but to be encouraged wherever possible! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #44249  

yeah, they still exist.



So have you seen any? :D

...that way of being can be pretty silly sometimes.



Come on! At least give the hippies credit for getting Western society out of the 50s mindset before we came along and had to put up with it. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #44253  
Oh, they deserve all the credit! It was a huge move in the right direction! But moving forward shouldn't stop just because getting high can be fun sometimes!

I see hippies all the time! In New York City, at the various music festivals I go to, my parents are both of the earliest part of that generation, and some of my school-mates try their HARDEST to emulate it!

...I even ran into a medic in the Israeli army who changed out of his uniform into linen pants and a tie-dye shirt, donned a hemp necklace and asked me to smoke up with him. I laughed. He showered more frequently than some of the other soldiers i met... Reply to this

11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #44261  
Surprise surprise! It is not in fact part of the Hippy subculture to be unwashed. :D

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11 years ago, August 4th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #44278  
"Hippies" are just another fad, much like "Punks" based on the idea of a counter-culture and a "new" way to dress. hippies and punk in general have a very similar stereotypical outlook and that being very liberal, anti-authority, non-violence (for the most part),"dirty" appearance and the ever present, sex, drugs, and music. So to come to a short conclusion, it has all just been a fashion. Not all hippies or any group like them all share the same political outlook, they are a mix of anarchists, democrats, environmentalists, republicans (I am sure there might be a few), etc. and the same can go for drug use, and every other stereotype. So if hippy is just a fashion then it is alive and well. Reply to this

11 years ago, August 5th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #44329  

.....republicans (I am sure there might be a few), ....



A pot smokin' free lovin' Republican. Well, that is really just a fashionable Republican and not a real one. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, August 5th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #44376  
.hippies........living in the bush in Nz ......after their OE they hid in the bush (gradually became more "alternate" rather than hippie) ...now mostly artists/hermits of some kind. But still much the same attitudes and beliefs, and still smokin'

I look at the lovely muslim Malaysian 'hippie' blouses (indian cotton, very light, long bell shaped sleeves, a little embroidery around the neckline and cuffs, and wonder if they know that they are wearing the 60's hippie 'uniform'!) Reply to this

11 years ago, August 6th 2008 No: 17 Msg: #44584  
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I'm late to the party on this one. But the part about a hippie listening to the GD on an iPod seems sad to me. Should a counter-culture person really be using the most trendy consumer product? Will they next be driving to Starbucks in fancy BMWs? ;P

(Mel - the ;P was all for you) Reply to this

9 years ago, May 18th 2010 No: 18 Msg: #111210  

8 years ago, April 17th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #134016  
Looks like there might have been a hippy in Israel recently, because this abandoned peace mobile doesnt look too old and rusty. 😊

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8 years ago, April 18th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #134047  
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I think im a hippy with a job...dunno how that works but Im cool with it. My students always call me a hippy.

Theres a place in northern NSW - Nimbin - Hippies are alive and well these days although unfortunately not the true hippy, he or she is now the grandparent of the kids named Sarah and William who are the straight offspring of the children the elderly grandparent hippy gave birth to under Tunnable falls and named Amythest Moondust Raindrop who went and married Moonbeam Sunray...

Its been interesting watching nimbin over the last 30 years. Those kids who were born there and given those funky names actually had massive trouble entering the real world. Granny Hippy forgot that without registering the birth of Moonbeam Sunray he would have a lot of trouble later in life trying to get any healthcare benefits, social security or tax file number without a birth certificate.

And unfortunately, heroin has replaced the herb. Reply to this

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