Members of the Hare Krishna movement, the Indian-inspired cult which has taken hold among young people in a number of western countries, paraded through London's West End on Sunday from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.
GV Procession chanting with banners towards camera
MS Temple float being pushed by crowds
SCU White Buddhist chanting ZOOM OUT TO procession
GV Procession in Trafalgar Square
SV Dancing on rostrum
MV Man dancing with tambourine before Nelson's column
SCU Child having drink.
MS Dancers on platform, SCU OF child with drum
SV PAN Dancers.
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Background: Members of the Hare Krishna movement, the Indian-inspired cult which has taken hold among young people in a number of western countries, paraded through London's West End on Sunday from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.
The movement was celebrating its third International Festival.
The cult has recently been imported to European cities from the United States, where it was introduced in 1965 by a 74 year-old Indian, Bhaktivedanta Swami. He is said to have brought the Hare (energy or spirit of Krishna (God) message to the country at that time.)
The main characteristics of the adherents, Monks and Priestesses, are their saffron robes and shaven heads, and their steady dirge-like chant of 'Hare Krishna' as they walk in procession.
They are said to become intoxicated by chanting, but never by drugs. And they are also forbidden meat, gambling, drink, and illicit sex.
SYNOPSIS: Members of the Hare Krishna movement the Indian-inspired spiritual cult which has taken hold among you people in a number of western countries, paraded through the centre of London on Sunday, the day of their third International Festival. They started out from Hyde Park corner, a chanting, colourfully dressed group who call their cult "the fastest-growing religion in the world". Onlookers were impressed by the magnificence of the lavishly-decorated floats in the procession. Pulling these floats while the deities ride is part of the homage paid by the Monks and Priestesses on these ceremonial occasions.
Many of the young people taking pa??? looked American, despite their shaven heads and oriental dress. The cult as it is seen in London and other European cities has been imported from America, where over the past five years Hare Krishna Temples have sprouted attracting hundreds of full-time youthful monks.
Now the chant of "Hare Krishna", the saffron robes and the strange dancing are introduced to Trafalgar Square, where Sunday's march ended. These young people hope to convince young Europeans that self-fulfilment in a confusing age lies in joyful worship of the Hare Krishna, or Spirit of God.