Tuesday, October 25, 2011

mister ham

RIP the amazingly named Keith Ham, also known as Swami Bhaktipada

Aside from cultivating the Hare Krishnas of the East Village, he also founded a "Spiritual Disneyland" in West Virginia that included live elephants, golden temples and a swan boat. We partly have him to thank for all the Hare Krishnas that pop up in bad comedy movie airports, the incomprehensible (at least to me) Hindu infiltration of punk rock (see the Cro-Mags) and widespread cheap and/or $2 vegetarian meals at HK centers worldwide. Oh yeah, he was also incarcerated for trying to murder several devotees and selling unauthorized stickers of Snoopy.

Who would of guessed you could find "Spiritual Disneyland" in West Virginia?