• It is originally a youth movement from the United
States during the mid 1960s.
• Young people were protesting against the war in
Vietnam and racism, and rebelling against the
'safe' route from secondary school to a good job.
• Flower Power was a symbol of their beliefs. They
lived in communes, and San Francisco became
the hippy capital.
• Towards the end of the 1960s students were
protesting in colleges. They were calling for the
right to express their opinions and demanding
that strict rules were removed.
• Most people view hippies as lazy,
unmotivated and even apathetic.
• Hippies tended to take drugs to explore
new levels of their state of mind.
• Hippies feel strongly about world peace
and global issues because they are
• Their clothes were generally
baggy and airy and consisted
of multiple colours.
• There was a lot of Hindu and
Muslim influences on their
clothing- e.g. the baggy long
• Hippies hair was uncared for
long hair, usually decorated
by flowers and bandanas.
Hippies use music to express themselves emotionally,
spiritually, and politically. Music can make a statement, give
voice to a movement, even unite us. As hippies explore their
inner world, music guides them along in their quest for
meaning. Without drugs it can get you high. With drugs,
well, let's just say, music can be a religious experience.
• Many hippies rejected main stream religions
like Christianity and tended to embrace
religions like Buddhism, Unitarian
Universalism and Hinduism.
• They often took drugs to widen their religious