Kerista Commune
the names have been changed to protect the innocent

the commune that invented the words 'polyfidelity' & 'compersion'
based in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco from 1971-1991

(polyfidelity n. fidelitous to many partners)
(compersion n. the opposite of jealousy, positive feelings
about your partner's other intimacies)


May 2012 - We have so many hits from Romania!
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Qes passed...

Paula 'Qes' Mitchell
March 22, 1938 - October 6, 2011


Qes was a member of Kerista from the Old Tribe, always knew a little about a lot - and was a consistent supporter of Jud and his various projects. Qes hosted a 'halfway house' for Keristans coming in/out of the commune at her apartment in the Mission, and was almost always cheerful and upbeat in her thinking and ideas. She was a devoted single mother and den-mother to Keristans, and was one of the few people who had constant walk-in privileges to our residences and businesses, and could weather any gestalt-circus we generated. More importantly, she shopped for food during the Abacus maelstrom, allowing us to survive those years without rickets or scurvy. Typically, she softened the harsh Kerista vibe and could usually understand both sides of gestalts. Qes was also present in the Old Tribe and offered the New Tribe some institutional memory that Jud tended to ignore or obscure.

Jud passed...

'Bro Jud' Presmont
Jan 9, 1923 - Dec 14, 2009
John Peltz Presmont passed from this life
on Sunday Dec 13, 2009, in San Francisco, CA.

'He was in nursing home care at the VA after falling and breaking his femur when he went to visit his girlfriend Kay in the hospital a few months ago. After Kay died suddenly about a month ago, Jud's health began to fail and they were just about to transfer him into hospice care. He had various problems with his breathing and oxygen saturation and so this morning he was unresponsive, began to breathe slowly, then calmly and quietly took his last breath...' - geo

Bro Jud (originally Jacob Luvich?) was Kerista's voluble cult leader and a dominant figure in many lives for many years. He was most recently in failing health. Without Jud - we ex-Keristans would have never met each other (including my meeting my wife!) - and while I have been more angry than sympathetic with Jud since the breakup of the commune, Let me give the man his due:

He was bright and engaging in a warm personal way, highly charming, insightful and charismatic. At his best, Jud could be open and sensitive to all classes of people, and he was psychologically astute about others. He read widely, but tended to take what he could use. His interests were eclectic and he liked to synthesize diverse ideas into his own 'theory' that he could explain for hours but could not be understood. He had many raps. You cannot read Keristan literature or watch Jud without noticing his amazing raps. Whether you agreed with him or not, Jud was always vocal and confident. Bro Jud *loved* to rap, more than anything else (and we were a sex cult!)

He was Brooklyn-born and raised by an aunt, a decorated soldier in the Phillipines in the 40's, a New York bar-owner & bohemian in the 50's, and a hippie in Dominica, Honduras and San Francisco. The 12th incarnation of Kerista in San Francisco lasted from 1971 to 1991. After Kerista dissolved, Jud continued to speak and do public broadcast and was a regular in the SF scene.

You wouldn't find him working - but you would find him talking loud - often to women - trying to catch a buzz or find an audience, with some hippie-commune-utopian rap about how:

you can change the world by changing your mind.

Rest in Peace, Brother Jud.
You changed our minds.




Eve is working on scanning some pictures of Jud.

I will print anyone's comments about Jud:
memories, experiences, good and bad.

You have my permission to express your opinions about Kerista here.
Write your story and send it to keristacommune@gmail.com..



Recente stuffs!


Tru 9/13 Tru Reason (s) - ... no more settle for less than purity ...
Kip 5/12 Jud's Dominican heroics - helped burning men during Carnival '63
Jenny 4/12 Jud's video from hospital - Love Energy - K13
Randy B 1/12 Randy B reminisces fondly of Bro Jud - In memorium
Kip 6/11 Etymology source for compersion? (Levi Strauss' comperage)
Ska 10/10 Ska says she had larger issues than jealousy ...
Ora 10/10 Ora says Hi and SHE started Abacus Housecleaning!
Kelly 9/10 Kelly C wants to hear from ex-Ks about 'No Jealousy': did we lie?
Yo 1/10 Yo says Hi & Old Tribe Rule: 'People don't belong to people'
Kap 1/10 Kap says Hi & founded Abacus Housecleaning with Buf
Jud 3/09 Jud's Blog - Museum of Utopian Art
Jud 8/29/08 YouTube - Planet Glee with Bro Jud 1 - (Jud starts ~5:45)
Jud 8/29/08 YouTube - Planet Glee with Bro Jud 2 - (all)
Jud 10/17/58 Police Nab 7 (Jake!) during Interracial Free-Love Frolic in NYC!
Jeb 12/2008 Jebby says Hi and she joined before Keg
Kerry 01/22/07 Good Article about 60's Old Tribe in Southern California
Roger 11/23/05 My brief encounter with Kerista - An Outsider's Account


circa 1971 - Jebby Way Jud Eve Keg


Quick Overview
Early History
Commune Timeline
Police Harass Nude Hippies in Harlem - 1958
Old Tribe Kerista Membership Card - 1965
Robert Anton Wilson on Kerista - 1965
The 26 Standards - 1979
The Phil Donahue Show - 1980
The 84 Standards - 1983
Far Out West Comics!
Keristan Glossary
'Abacus Method' to 'Lovjoy'
'Medium Gestalt' to 'Polyfidelity'
The Nine P's of Great Cunnilingus - 1991
Eve's Polyfidelity Article
The Sleeping Schedule
Keristan Phrases & Insults - w/ translations
Ex-Keristans Speak
Non-Keristans Speak
Literary References Speak
'What Happened to Kerista?' by Eve - 1993
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