The word "tribalism" can refer to two related but
The first is a social system where human society is divided
roughly independent subgroups, called tribes.
Tribal societies lacked any organizational level beyond that
of the local tribe,
with each tribe consisting only of a very small, local population.
The internal social structure of a tribe can vary greatly from
case to case, but,
due to the small size of tribes, it is always a relatively simple
with few (if any) significant social distinctions between individuals.
Some tribes are particularly egalitarian,
and most tribes have only a vague notion of private property;
many have none at all.
A shared sense of identity and kinship encourages the development
of kin selection.
Tribalism has also been sometimes been called "primitive
but this is rather misleading since allegiance to a communist
state is not based on kin-selective altruism.
One thing that is certain is that tribalism is the very first
social system that human beings ever lived in,
and it has lasted much longer than any other kind of society
The other concept to which the word "tribalism" frequently
is the possession of a strong cultural or ethnic identity
that separates oneself as a member of one group from the members
This phenomenon is related to the concept of tribal society
in that it is a precondition for members of a tribe to possess
a strong feeling
of identity for a true tribal society to form.
The distinction between these two definitions for tribalism
is an important one because,
while tribal society no longer strictly exists in the western
by this second definition, is arguably undiminished.
People have postulated that the human brain is hard-wired
towards tribalism due to its evolutionary advantages.
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is 'New Tribalism' and 'Neo-tribalism'?
important expression of 'New Tribalism' is the trend towards
Ecoregional Democracy and peace movement advocates are
also often new tribalists as well, as the groups share common
Neo-Tribalism is the ideology that human beings have evolved
to live in a
tribal, as opposed to a modern, society,
and thus cannot achieve genuine happiness until
some semblance of tribal lifestyles has been re-created or re-embraced.
Tribal Revival Tribal
is a multimedia project created by students in interdisciplinary
independent study projects through the University of Maine and
the University of Hawaii.
Much of the research is on traditional tribal culture and "New-Tribalism",
the revival of tribal culture as a natural organic lifestyle.
Basically the podcast section and the ebook section is an ethnography
of the new-tribal movement
which explores why camping out, painting your face, dancing
naked around a fire,
and singing Oooga Booga is actually scientifically proven to
be good for your brain.
The polymath scientist Carl Sagan came to this conclusion when
that the tribal "hunter/gatherer
lifestyles have served mankind well for most of our history,
and I think there is unmistakable evidence that we are in a
way designed for such a culture."
It is probably not a coincidence that many of the various elements
of tribal culture
have all become professional physical and psychological therapies.
These tribal-cultural elements turned modern therapy include
such things as
Wilderness and Horticulture Therapy,
Talk and Group Therapy,
Art, Music, and Dance Therapy.
These various tribal elements that have turned into therapies
can be combined to form a single integrated New-Tribal
that can be a effective healing method in our increasingly technical
The eBook reviews the New Tribal-Cultural groups and therapists
that have already utilized Tribal Therapy such as
local drum circles,
the International Rainbow Gatherings,
England's Tribal Culture,
and the Stonehenge Free Festival, etc.
The eBook is also based on author's experience with a
tribal community on the Islands of the Indian Ocean.
We wanted intimacy--
not a neighborhood where you didn't know anyone on the block,
or you competed, kept up with the Joneses.
A hunter-gatherer or early agricultural
community meant that people lived,
worked and sought deeper contact with the holy spirit as a group,
and they all knew one another, from cradle to grave.
I used to call my hippie friendships "a horizontal extended
as opposed to the ancient tribal extended family,
which was multi-generational, and therefore, vertical.
We wanted a culture which acknowledged the human body, not just
but to hug each other, to be naked without shame,
to revere the body with natural foods,
beneficial exercise, herbs, baths, massage, deep understanding.
This was not part of the culture from which we came.
We wanted a culture that thrived on gift-giving.
We hitchhiked, shared our food and drugs, gave away our possessions.
People who could afford to buy land invited others who could
not to live there.
We opened free stores, free clinics, free kitchens,
not just in the Haight, but everywhere we went.
We wanted be living proof that God(dess) was taking care of
us and therefore there was no need to hoard.
We wanted to live without the constraints of time.
We wanted to wake up each day and decide what would be the most
fun to do that day
--or just find out as it went along.
We wanted to go with the flow, follow our bliss, be here now.
This was in complete opposition to the culture from which we
We wanted new ways to value one another, rather than by wealth,
status, looks, achievements, machismo, as our culture of origin
had taught us, and continues to teach us through the media.
We wanted to value one another for being lovable and real.
We valued spiritual depth, which we referred to as "heavy."
We admired one another for being happy.
We admired those who offered selfless service or peaceful resolution
We wanted a spirituality that actually caused you to grow as
not one in which people attended religious gatherings for social
We wanted to be guided by our own Inner Spirits, rather than
We thirsted for the spiritual awareness and grace we experienced
on psychedelics, without psychedelics, or in addition to them.
Many hippies would spend their last cent on a weekend workshop
that promised to "change your life forever."
That was how so many gurus found followers in those days.
We wanted to live in harmony with the earth,
the plants and animals, the indigenous peoples of the earth,
with each other, with ourselves.
We were the fuel behind the rapid expansion of the environmental
We experimented with living arrangements that we thought would
harmonize with nature.
We sought out indigenous tribal elders as our teachers.
We wanted to make the things we wore and used with our hands,
grow our food and medicine, feel all kinds of weather--
all the experiences our modern urban lives had excluded
in the name of convenience and comfort.
We wanted to live on the road, have adventures,
build things that hadn't been built before, and live in them.
We wanted to live our mythic selves,
give ourselves names that resonated with our souls,
dress in costumes that expressed our dreams,
do daring deeds, dance as if no one was looking,
decorate our homes with magical things,
listen to music that took us out of ordinary reality
into altered states of awareness.
We wanted to see life without violence.
We wanted media that contained truth.
Some of us risked our lives to find out what the government
was doing and let the underground press know.
We wanted to talk about things in print that we were not allowed
to discuss in our culture of origin.
We wanted to live without stupid, arbitrary rules, either for
ourselves or for our children.
Some of our children, as adults today,
say they wish we had been more protective of them, or offered
We only knew what we endured,
being as culturally different from our culture of origin as
Chinese are from Italians,
and punished for it, and wished to spare our children these
However, some portion of kids raised by hippie parents
grew up to be hippies themselves.
At that point, one can say, a new culture was born and continues.
will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Slave Economy or Tribal Living?
Centuries-old cultural conditioning has given us a nasty neurosis:
the belief that happiness must be "earned".
It can be "earned" only by enduring unpleasantness (eg
work, pain, misery).
But how do you know if you've endured enough unpleasantness to deserve
Another unspoken game rule:
"responsible adults" can never endure enough unpleasantness
to truly deserve happiness.
Laid on top of the first neurosis is the idea that spending money
will make you happy.
This is toffee coating on a bad puritan apple.
If you spend enough money to give you the (advertised) conditions
the neurosis emerges in the form of apparently random worries, guilt,
"feeling shitty", etc.
Worrying is the easiest and most popular way to negate happiness.
So: we never stop working,
we never stop spending money,
we're never really happy-ideal conditions,
coincidentally, for a certain type of slave economy.
"My advice to people today is as follows:
If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous
if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy
you must turn on, tune in, and drop out."
"drop out, turn on,
then come back and tune it in...
and then drop out again,
and turn on,
and tune it back in...
it's a rhythm...
most of us think God made this universe in nature-
subject object-predicate sentences...
turn on, tune in, drop out...
period, end of paragraph.
Turn the page...
it's all a rhythm...
it's all a beat.
You turn on, you find it inside, and then you have to come back
(since you can't stay high all the time) and you have to build
a better model.
But don't get caught - don't get hooked -
don't get attracted by the thing you're building, cause...
you gotta drop out again.
It's a cycle.
Turn on, tune in, drop out.
Keep it going, keep it going...
the nervous system works that way...
gotta keep it flowing, keep it flowing..."
"It must be emphasized that the evolution from fourth-circuit
to fifth-circuit levity is much, much more than a struggle between
The DNA strategy calls for continuous acceleration of the genetic
and evolution has never happened faster than at present.
The bitterness of the old species grows increasingly paranoid,
"I love topics the Establishment says are taboo.
When I found out I was terminally ill I was thrilled.
You've got to approach your dying the way you live your life
- with curiosity, with hope, with fascination,
with courage and with the help of your friends....
Death is life's greatest event."
"Acid is not for every brain -
only the healthy, happy, wholesome, handsome,
hopeful, humorous, high-velocity should seek these experiences.
This elitism is totally self-determined.
Unless you are self-confident, self-directed, self-selected, please
"There are three side effects of acid:
enhanced long-term memory,
decreased short-term memory,
and I forget the third."
"Thou shalt not alter the consciousness of thy fellow men."
"Thou shalt not prevent thy fellow man from altering his
or her own consciousness."
"Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at
"If you don't like what you're doing,
you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove."
"In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they
did after feudalism.
You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk
"Learning how to operate a soul takes
"Science is all metaphor."
"The universe is an intelligence test"
"We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history.
But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go."
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
"You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind."
"Your mythic guide must be one who has solved the death-rebirth
Tribal living is the logical end result of brotherly love.
Love demands gathering up into groups as it grows.
Soon nothing but daily contact will bring happiness between
the brethren as their love grows.
2. It is the most economical way of life.
The expenses are shared by many, and purchases can be in wholesale
3. This is the only way to liberate the land.
Many people putting money into a purchase fund can quickly
One person usually has a difficult time.
4. As we grow in spiritual things, we realize that private
possessions are a millstone around our neck.
Yet we must have the tools as soon as you feel that gentle
call from Mother Nature that lets you know that you are ready.
As Wise People we must be ready to help others when they desire
to join a tribe.
We must have more than mere book larnin.
We must know how to apply The Wisdom Teachings of right-thinking
for the body, mind, and spirit to our lives, and how to guide
others to learn to apply it to theirs.
We must know how to organize tribes efficiently for survival,
how to maintain cooperation in the tribes, and how to live
during the days of tribulation.
In electronic engineering, one schemes, computes, and draws
schematics of a new electronic gadget,
then takes it to the bench and builds one to see why it wont
No matter how good the planning, a group of people still has
to try their ideas, remove the bugs, and make it work.
Their experiences then save later tribes from the same mistakes.
This is what is happening now.
The tribes are beginning to form.