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  posted on 4/11/2011 at 11:50 PM
I knew nothing of this group until yesterday when some of them camped out for a couple of days near the town I live in.

From what I gather, they are a whole bunch of people who simply dont want the "hippie" movement to die, so..doggonit..they are going to keep it alive.

Here in town someone mentioned that many of them are into witchcraft, but that could just be heresay and gossip. Nothing in the link about that.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia, with a link...

The Rainbow Family of Living Light (commonly shortened to the Rainbow Family) is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. They put on events known as Rainbow Gatherings.

The Rainbow Family was founded in 1968 as an extension of the Human Be-In in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Since 1972, the Family has been holding their annual Gatherings in National Forests during the first week of July each year. Regional Gatherings are also held throughout the year in the United States. These Gatherings are non-commercial and all who wish to attend peacefully are welcome to participate.

There are no leaders, and traditionally the Gatherings last for a week in length, with the primary focus being on the Fourth of July in the US, when attendees pray, meditate, and/or observe silence in a group effort to focus on World Peace. Thus, the name Rainbow Family of Living Light. Rainbow Gatherings emphasize welcoming people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and social status, with the common thread being a spiritual focus towards peace, love and unity.

Those who attend Rainbow Gatherings come from all walks of life, and work together on a variety of goals, among which are intentional communities, ecology, spirituality, and an expanded tolerance for others. Attendees refer to one another as Rainbows, or often as Brother or Sister to help reinforce the emphasis upon their belief system that all people are not only related as part of the human race, but as members of a family, and should thus be given the respect deserved in such a relationship.

Group Councils, the only form of government, are held regularly, with attendance being open to all interested parties and decisions being reached through consensus. Further, money is never exchanged at Rainbow Gatherings. Instead, everything that you need is free, and anything you want can be obtained in barter - usually at Trade Circle. Someone holding a magic hat walks around(usually with someone else playing a guitar or singing) and collects donations to buy supplies for main supply. As the peaceful and egalitarian practices of the Rainbow Family often set it apart from the many cultures outside of each gathering, the area within has become known to participants as "Rainbowland" for the duration of each event. In critical contrast to this, the world outside of gatherings is referred to as "Babylon."

The imbibing of alcohol (often viewed as a substance that encourages violence and disharmony) is highly frowned upon within Rainbowland. Thus, drinking is most often limited to the first camp, known as "A Camp," found just past the main entrance of each gathering. However, other recreational drugs are tolerated within the main camp.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Family

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 04:12 AM
oh, sure; rainbow gatherings were a big deal when I aggressively followed the Grateful Dead 20 years ago. Many of the Dead "family" were rainbows.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 07:44 AM
I went to a "Rainbow Gathering" once for work (don't ask). They are exactly that, hippies. They hang around and strum guitars, smoke pot, cook communally, trade trinkets and have conversations that would be relevant 30-40 years ago.

One day was enough for me. I got bored.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 08:01 AM
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Gatherings emphasize welcoming people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and social status, with the common thread being a spiritual focus towards peace, love and unity.
Damn hippies.
Probably a bunch of liberals!

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 08:09 AM
I worked with a guy who was a Rainbow. He was really out there. He was big into it. A little too into it...

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 08:34 AM
I thought you were referring to the door-ro-door Rainbow Vaccum cleaner people.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 09:29 AM
Been around them once....1990-91. We were camping in a national forest, they were down the road. Made me uncomfortable, seemed like they were looking for a confrontation with the park rangers.
 
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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 09:46 AM
I let my oldest daughter take her younger sisters about 7 years ago to one (Rainbow Gathering)up in Modoc County on the California/Oregon/Nevada borders. They enjoyed themselves, got some different kind of sister bonding time, and experienced a glimpse into what some of my sisters always talk about. The hippie lifestyle. They have also spent an entire month living on an actual hippie commune that some friends of mine are associated with in the Arcata/Mc Kenleyville area of the California coastal region of Humboldy County. They found the latter to be more real and impacted their lives way more than what The Rainbow's had to offer.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 10:05 AM
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Been around them once....1990-91. We were camping in a national forest, they were down the road. Made me uncomfortable, seemed like they were looking for a confrontation with the park rangers.
I too got the impression that regardless of how peaceful they were, they sort of relished the confrontation with park rangers, police, etc.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 12:17 PM
I think they started in the late 70's? mostly at major sporting events.

Here is their leader.


 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 01:42 PM
Hmmm. Just noticed the link doesnt work...

I'll try again...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Family

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 02:49 PM
I've been to several Rainbow Gatherings. Enjoyed them to varying degrees. Some folks are confrontational toward anything they perceive as "establishment", which seems counter-productive and silly. I got really sick at one gathering and I don't like to be throwing up and have darrhea in the woods, so if you go, you need to watch the sanitary conditions. It's a fun place to hang and camp in the woods and is pretty kid-friendly if your kid is used to hippies. It's not for everyone, but it has its purpose. You need to watch for the "hippier than thou" folks, but otherwise, it's harmless.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2011 at 10:30 PM
Went to few in the 1970's and 80's. In 1977 in Gila New Mexico, there was the Rainbow Tribe Declaration of Independence. Right on July 4 1977 there was a huge triple rainbow pver the canyon, people were going bananas, it was a lot of fun ! It made for a good road destination, anyway, but I was always glad to move on. It's an interesting social phenomenon, uniquely American.

Although I never dove into the communal world, it is comforting to know that if the Great Society goes down like the Titanic, communities like this can spring up in this country, and that hopefully those flower power values will override the darker American tendency toward ciivil war.

It looks like a lot of hippies and bums on the surface, but it goes a lot deeper than that, it's a viable counterculture, way beyond the "hippie" thing of the 60's, even though that is when it got going.

Ditto on amyjared's warning about sanitation. I survived by only eating at the Hare Krishna kitchen, it was spotless.


 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 11:26 PM
I am curious about the big Rainbow Gathering. I would like to check it out. Kind of a bucket list thing for me. My first impression about Rainbows was guys rummaging thru your cooler at shows, looking for "communal" beers. But how can all Rainbows be like that?
One of my past friends was really into it, and got me curious about it. What keeps me from going is the stuff I have read about the sewage factor and getting sick from flies landing on your food. Rustic sewage on that scale has got to be a nighmare. Oh well.
Maybe someday.

 

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  posted on 4/20/2011 at 07:07 AM
I used to live in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago for about four years...........TONS of rainbow people there, one might argue too many.

 

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  posted on 4/20/2011 at 07:57 AM
They stole my chickens and knocked up three of my sheep!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2011 at 03:24 PM
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They stole my chickens and knocked up three of my sheep!



LOL So, what did the kids look like?


Reminds me of a joke, apologies to all of you who have heard it too many times:

What's the difference between Mick Jagger and a Scotsman?

Mick Jagger sings, "Hey you get offa my cloud" and the Scotsman yells, "Hey McCloud, get offa my ewe!"



 
 


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