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Sex and Veggies

“ ‘The Motherhouse’ and ‘The Ascended Master Moves On (Hang Gliding in Heaven)’ are our homage to Father Yod, the spiritual master of musical vegetarianism,” says Eric Nielsen of High Mountain Tempel. The two songs on the band’s new album, The Glass Bead Game, include sampled sermons given by controversial sex-and-veggie cult leader Father Yod.

Nielsen’s partner Ras Al H’nou explains, “Father Yod lived a storied and adventurous life as a military hero, jiu-jitsu expert, and craftsman when he came to found one of the first health-food restaurants in America, the Source. What started as a series of lectures morphed into a full-blown commune, the Source Family. The group venerated Yod as the living embodiment of God and created a completely alternate lifestyle based on communalism, chanting, meditation, vegetarianism, and ritual sex.… The Source Family engaged in marathon sex magick sessions.”

Yod was also a musician and recording artist championed by fan and sometime follower Sky Saxon of the Seeds.

“The Source Family released roughly ten albums,” says Ras Al H’nout, “going under names like Ya Ho Wa 13 and Father Yod and the Spirit of ’76. The music was a wild and thrilling ride through Yod’s various beliefs and manifestos.… Father Yod played gongs and kettle drums while preaching.”

The Source Family ended with Father Yod’s 1975 death in a hang-gliding accident. According to Nielsen, “Family members went their own ways, but in recent years they’ve reconnected to publish oral histories of the group and stage concerts.… We use Yod’s chants and snippets of wisdom on the new album to hopefully re-create the atmosphere the Family felt during their morning meditations.”

– Jay Allen Sanford

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“ ‘The Motherhouse’ and ‘The Ascended Master Moves On (Hang Gliding in Heaven)’ are our homage to Father Yod, the spiritual master of musical vegetarianism,” says Eric Nielsen of High Mountain Tempel. The two songs on the band’s new album, The Glass Bead Game, include sampled sermons given by controversial sex-and-veggie cult leader Father Yod.

Nielsen’s partner Ras Al H’nou explains, “Father Yod lived a storied and adventurous life as a military hero, jiu-jitsu expert, and craftsman when he came to found one of the first health-food restaurants in America, the Source. What started as a series of lectures morphed into a full-blown commune, the Source Family. The group venerated Yod as the living embodiment of God and created a completely alternate lifestyle based on communalism, chanting, meditation, vegetarianism, and ritual sex.… The Source Family engaged in marathon sex magick sessions.”

Yod was also a musician and recording artist championed by fan and sometime follower Sky Saxon of the Seeds.

“The Source Family released roughly ten albums,” says Ras Al H’nout, “going under names like Ya Ho Wa 13 and Father Yod and the Spirit of ’76. The music was a wild and thrilling ride through Yod’s various beliefs and manifestos.… Father Yod played gongs and kettle drums while preaching.”

The Source Family ended with Father Yod’s 1975 death in a hang-gliding accident. According to Nielsen, “Family members went their own ways, but in recent years they’ve reconnected to publish oral histories of the group and stage concerts.… We use Yod’s chants and snippets of wisdom on the new album to hopefully re-create the atmosphere the Family felt during their morning meditations.”

– Jay Allen Sanford

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My publisher Processmediainc told me to check this out.. I am Isis Aquarian who wrote the Source Family Book called "The Source, the untold story of Father Yod, YaHoWa 13 and the Source Family". I am one of Fathers 14 wives.

I would like to know more about High Mountain Temple and what they have done with their music regarding this...I am always amazed how much this book has inspired people and what they end up doing with it. Eric or Ras contact me? you can check out the book at processmediainc.com, go to source link for all articles on us and the music. our website is yahowha.org

xo Isis

Aug. 27, 2008

Yahowha SDW Reader..... Djin Aquarian here of Father's band's YaHoWha13 and Spirit of 76...... Thanks to you for bringing us to the attention of your readers. The band members of YaHoWha13 and I would like to connect with Eric and High Mountain Tempel.....there's always the possibility of collaboration now that we have reformed the band. We planning a series of tours, some with other bands that would fit with our musical path. We can be reached at Yahowha13.com or [email protected] Also there's a re-found lost Spirit of 76 album that was just released on Dragcity Records called Children of the 6th Root Race you may like to review....it's very family's mentality...... Peace and Love Djin Aquarian YHW13

Aug. 28, 2008

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