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At the Echoplex

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Incense lingered heavily in the air as cult members wearing silk head bands, caftans and long, long hair swayed to the sounds of YaHoWa 13, a three-man jam band rocking out with guitars and a large gong. The crowd talked about mind-expansion and a new era of consciousness, while swirly visuals and flashing lights shone above them. Sound like Woodstock, circa 1969? Try the Echoplex, last week. Shown are two members of YaHoWa 13. ()
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The Return of YaHoWa13 at the Echoplex on Nov. 19 was the first time the Source Family, arguably the most stylish “cult” of our time, had reunited in 30 years. With about 140 members, the Source was a fixture of 1970s Los Angeles. Now, a new book by former family member Isis Aquarian has brought the group back into the creative ether, inspiring some of L.A.’s hottest fashion designers and musicians. The audience got into the music in Echo Park. ()
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Members of the Source Family, in the group’s distinctive attire, at the Return of YoHaWha 13 event at the Echoplex on Nov. 19. Influenced by esoteric traditions, Source Family members in the 1970s would often adopt the style of the ancients they happened to be studying at the time. Early on, it was an all-white, Essene-inspired look that included white Mexican cotton pants, shirts and headdresses. This evolved into more colorful Greco-Roman, Atlantean and Knights Templar looks, with some Victoriana lace thrown in for good measure. ()
Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times
A new book by former Source Family member Isis Aquarian has brought the group back into the creative ether, inspiring some of L.A.’s hottest fashion designers and musicians. One facet of the group’s look was well-represented Nov. 19 at the Echoplex. ()
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