Popular Song At The Time GENESIS- MISUNDERSTANDING
Cecile Frances Moch
Throughout the late 1960’s, many spiritual groups, that we now identify as cults, had begun to spring up across the country. These communal lifestyles were somehow appealing to the youth and young adults of the time, and Sunburst in Santa Barbara was one of many.
Sunburst began in 1969, originally called The Brotherhood of the Sun, and was led by Norman Paulsen. The foundation of the group, at least initially, was based on celibacy, meditation, and living off the land. The group did not condone violence, drugs, alcohol, or even tobacco in its early days.
At its heyday in the 1970’s, the group had approximately 300 members. It owned a large organic farm, and operated two restaurants and four stores. A former member of Sunburst, Michael Ableman, described the living situation…