Panaji: Yertward Mazamanian alias Eddie, a
hippie who discovered Goa`s Anjuna beach, died in the coastal
state last week, his friends said.
The 85-year-old, known as Eight Finger Eddie, was an
American expat of Armenian ancestry, who discovered Anjuna
beach for rest of the world in 1965 and stayed here till he
breathed last on October 18.
Tony Almeida, whose father Joe was the first person to
meet Edie at Anjuna, said that he had actually come to Colva
beach in South Goa.
"He moved northwards after hearing from the locals about
this stretch of shore," Almeida said.
In the 1960s, few beatniks and hippies travelled from
Western Europe towards South Asia. Eddie was the first among
"Eddie and his companion came to Anjuna after walking
through dense forest in 1965. It was a place at the foothill
overlooking Arabian Sea," Tony told agency today.
Eddie also coined the idea of Anjuna`s flea market in
1975 which initially began as a place to barter goods. The
flea market still exists at Anjuna although it has been turned
into a cluster of shops.
The page devoted to him on Facebook has been receiving
comments from all across the globe. Eddie`s fans also had live
streaming of his funeral on website Blogtv.com on October 18.