Some say the roots of the hippie movement reach back to the cynics, ancient Greek philosophers who sought to free themselves from conventions.
The word hippie was first used for young people protesting against the Vietnam War in a form of a sit-down strike at the opening ceremony of New York World’s Fair on April 22, 1964.
Hippies had a liking for occultism, Eastern religions and even yoga. The legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival was opened by Sri Swami Satchidananda, the celebrated Indian guru of the 1960s.
Ironically, the U.S. Army, which was despised by the hippies for the Vietnam War, provided food supplies and medical teams for the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
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