Pfarmers – Our Puram

In the early 1980s, spiritual teacher and mystic Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh (also known as Rajneesh, or Osho) secured the purchase of a 65,000-acre plot of land in Central Oregon, and together with his 7,000 followers, formed a commune there. It was called Rajneeshpuram, and grew into a city of sorts, with restaurants, malls, and public services. Soon enough, its residents clashed with the neighboring cities over business permits, land-use violations, and religion. Tensions grew within the community as well, and in 1985 Rajneesh’s secretary Ma Anand Sheela and about 20 other top officials left the group, with Rajneesh subsequently publicly accusing those individuals of crimes including attempted murder, wiretapping, arson, and poisoning, most notably the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterrorism attack in which they infected salad bars in the nearby area with salmonella, poisoning over 750 people, leading to the hospitalization of 45. Legal battles and controversy engulfed the community, leaving it abandoned and bankrupt by 1987.

Release Date
August 12, 2016
Joyful Noise Recordings
digital, vinyl
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