I'm writing this thread in the hopes of getting some questions answered and maybe hearing from a few hashers themselves.
The Hash House Harriers is a subculture that endears themselves the saying "A drinking club with a running problem". They pride themselves on
meeting once a week and other "special" days. Hashers consider hashing to be a religion, yet this idea is centered upon debauchery, sexual
innuendos, & mismanagement (as they call it). Doesn't this sound a bit like our government? Do we need a group, especially as world wide as the
hashers, to celebrate everything our government does?
To tell you a bit about the history of this mysterious club:
Although it was officially registered as a society in 1938, 'The other branch of our ancestry comes from Malacca, where A. S. ('G') Gispert was
posted in 1937 and joined a club called the Springgit Harriers, who also operated weekly under Hash rules and are believed to have been formed in
1935. Some months later, 'Torch' Bennett visited him and came as a guest on a few runs.
'Torch' Bennett technically missed being a founder member, because he was then on leave, bout on his return he introduced the first necessary
organization - a bank account, a balance sheet and some system. More importantly, he seems, with Philip Wickens who joined later in 1939, to have
helped to keep things going immediately after the war.
Sadly, Gispert had only a short time with his extraordinary creation, being killed in the fighting on Singapore Island on February 11th, 1942, whilst
serving with the Argylls.
The founding members were all British, although Gispert was actually Spanish in origin, his parents having migrated to London some time before he was
born. Extraordinarily both he and Bennett were accountants, as were Paul Barnard and Jack Bridewell who made a significant contribution to our
activities of later years.' harrier.net...
Here is a copy of one of the official Hash dictionaries:
Many people have paralleled it to Freemasonry due to the fact that defunct members are to be shunned by the rest of the group as the ultimate
punishment. I suppose this means that friends you have acquired through the group are no longer your friends even if you encounter them in the grocery
store, mall, etc.? Does anyone know if this is a fact? Or, has anyone had this happen to them once they decided to quit hashing for one reason or
Another interesting analysis seeks to define hashing as an extreme source of escapism since it involves excessive drinking and constantly references
sex. All people who want to become hashers must begin as 'virgins' until the leaders of the group determine them to be acceptable addition to their
club. They are 'hazed' into the membership by being bestowed with a new name that is typically sexual in nature, ridiculed, & made to guzzle an
emense amount of beer. They are now a hasher for life.
The club follows several rituals after completing a trail, which includes crude songs, poems, & jokes. Some songs are as innocent as your humorous
limericks, but can be as raunchy as the following:
You can google search 'Hash Songs' to see more.
I tried to find out if this group does anything to benefit society, but haven't found any evidence.
'From the book HARE OF THE DOG traces the hap-hazard development of this zany pursuit around the world that germinated in a golden era of political
incorrectness and personal freedom by bored military and diplomatic personnel. '
In my honest opinion, this ritualistic "religious" group sounds very much like a drunken version of the Grove's 'Cremation of Care' ceremony, but
for the less knowledgeable & less important figures. I also find it suspect that the founder was knicknamed 'G', which is very masonic in my opinion
as well as the fact that it was mainly comprised of political figures & military personnel. This group seems to worship anything & everything that
makes society disgusting. I have no problem with drinking & I've had my share of hangovers, but I can't see myself singing songs about sexual
diseases, beastiality, & demeaning women. Many of the runs & parties involve nudity, but few people get arrested because of the safety in numbers
I realize that it's a world wide celebrated group, but in a world overrun with debauchery & hedonism, why do people want to participate in a group
that appears to worship it in a ritualistic manner & call it their religion?
I'm also suspect about the fact that folks become addicted to it as many members claim to be. In this day & age, as we now understand how mind
control works as well as how mass forms of energy can be used as gifts to luciferian gods, I just have to wonder why one chooses to participate in
this type of "fun". Was it started as a means of desensitizing people & getting them to accept the idea of 'Order Out of Chaos'?
I tried to put a picture of the original Hash House, but having trouble. The clubhouse appears to have very masonic traits such as an obvious pyramid
over the entrance as well as several columns. The picture is small & only of the outside, but you can see it in the link here:
Will someone please enlighten me? Thank you.
Mod edit: Sexually explicit content removed. Even when used as evidence, that is unnecessary and in violation of the site's
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[edit on 5/4/2010 by AshleyD]