Hippie Witch First Earth Battalion

MARDUN

LONDON, United Kingdom

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The Artwork is based upon the surreal, ‘First Earth Battalion,’ which was the name proposed by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, a U.S. soldier who had served in Vietnam, for his idea of a new military of psychic supersoldiers to be organized along New Age Hippie lines.

According to the book, ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats,’ by journalist Jon Ronson, Channon spent time during the 1970’s with many of the Hippies, tripping-out in California, who are credited with starting the human potential movement.

Channon subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion.

The manual was a 125-page mixture of drawings, graphs, maps, polemical essays and point-by-point redesigns of every aspect of military life.

Channon imagined new battlefield uniform would include pouches for ginseng regulators, divining tools, food stuffs to enhance night vision, and a loud speaker that would automatically emit indigenous music and words of peace.

A movie was later based upon the book, that was released in Autumn 2009, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey, which featured the First Earth Battalion.

The Artwork also depicts an alternate version of the Thirty-First spirit called Foras, who is listed in the medieval grimoire, entitled the Goetia.

The Artwork was done for my Art books, ‘Goetia Girls,’ which are available from Createspace and Amazon, under my author’s name, Faustus Cow.

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