Bohemian vs. Hippie

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Bohemian and Hippie is that the Bohemian is a the people of Bohemia and Hippie is a human subculture.

  • Bohemian

    A Bohemian () is a resident of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic or the former Kingdom of Bohemia, a region of the former Crown of Bohemia (lands of the Bohemian Crown). In English, the word “Bohemian” was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word “Czech” became prevalent in the early 20th century.In a separate meaning, “Bohemian” may also denote “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts” according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. (See Bohemianism).

  • Hippie

    A hippie (sometimes spelled hippy) is a member of the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. The word hippie came from hipster and was used to describe beatniks who moved into New York City’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. The term hippie first found popularity in San Francisco with Herb Caen, who was a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The origins of the terms hip and hep are uncertain. By the 1940s, both had become part of African American jive slang and meant “sophisticated; currently fashionable; fully up-to-date”. The Beats adopted the term hip, and early hippies inherited the language and countercultural values of the Beat Generation. Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic music, embraced the sexual revolution, and many used drugs such as marijuana, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness.

    In 1967, the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and Monterey Pop Festival

    popularized hippie culture, leading to the Summer of Love on the West Coast of the United States, and the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the East Coast. Hippies in Mexico, known as jipitecas, formed La Onda and gathered at Avándaro, while in New Zealand, nomadic housetruckers practiced alternative lifestyles and promoted sustainable energy at Nambassa. In the United Kingdom in 1970, many gathered at the gigantic Isle of Wight Festival with a crowd of around 400,000 people. In later years, mobile “peace convoys” of New Age travelers made summer pilgrimages to free music festivals at Stonehenge and elsewhere. In Australia, hippies gathered at Nimbin for the 1973 Aquarius Festival and the annual Cannabis Law Reform Rally or MardiGrass. “Piedra Roja Festival”, a major hippie event in Chile, was held in 1970. Hippie and psychedelic culture influenced 1960s and early 1970s young culture in Iron Curtain countries in Eastern Europe (see Mánička).Hippie fashion and values had a major effect on culture, influencing popular music, television, film, literature, and the arts. Since the 1960s, mainstream society has assimilated many aspects of hippie culture. The religious and cultural diversity the hippies espoused has gained widespread acceptance, and their pop versions of Eastern philosophy and Asian spiritual concepts have reached a larger audience.

  • Bohemian (noun)

    An unconventional or nonconformist artist or writer.

  • Bohemian (adjective)

    Unconventional, especially in habit or dress.

    “Please tell me you’re not one of Toulouse’s oh-so-talented, charmingly bohemian, tragically impoverished protégés! -Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!”

  • Hippie (noun)

    A teenager who imitated the beatniks.

  • Hippie (noun)

    One who chooses not to pacifism or anti-war sentiment, etc.

  • Hippie (noun)

    (modern slang) A person who keeps an unkempt or sloppy appearance and wearing unusually long hair (for males), and because of it, often stereotyped as a deadbeat.

  • Hippie (noun)

    Someone who dresses in a hippie style.

  • Hippie (noun)

    One who is hip.

  • Hippie (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to hippies.

    “That dress looks very hippie.”

  • Hippie (adjective)

    Not conforming to generally accepted standards.

    “They used a bunch of hippie compression formats instead of the usual RAR and ZIP.”

  • Bohemian (noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic).

  • Bohemian (adjective)

    relating to Bohemia or its people

    “engraved Bohemian glass”

    “the tombs of Bohemian kings”

Oxford Dictionary

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