The Religion of Ayahuasca: The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime

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An insider’s experience and personal transformation with ayahuasca and the religious philosophy surrounding it

• An intimate account of the genesis of the Santo Daime tradition

• Edited and introduced by Stephen Larsen, author of The Shaman’s Doorway

In search of something to restore his spiritual connection to life after his release from captivity as a political prisoner in Brazil, Alex Polari de Alverga had a transformative encounter with Padrinho Sebastiao Mota de Mela, one of the two revered founders of Santo Daime. A potent synthesis of Christianity and indigenous Amazonian practices of entheogen use, mediumship, and healing, the Santo Daime church provided Alverga with an alternative to his disillusionment with modern society. His quest for spiritual initiation eventually led him deep into the heart of the rain forest to Mapiá, one of the spiritual centers of Santo Daime, where he became a teacher and leader of the Daime community.

The Religion of Ayahuasca is a story of a classic spiritual encounter comparable to the Tibetan Saint Milarepa’s search for his teacher Marpa. It is also an intimate account of the genesis of an important religious tradition from its modest beginnings in Brazil to its growth throughout the world, offering an inside look at the spiritually centered village of Mapiá–a model for communities in the 21st century–and at the religious leader who helped create it. Providing insight into the spiritual path the Daime offers, Alverga’s tale reveals the new depths of Being made available through the sacred use of ayahuasca.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; 2nd Edition, New Edition of Forest of Visions edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159477398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773983
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book with one reservation

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 28, 2014
By Devon
I highly recommend this book with one reservation. People who are not at all familiar with the doctrine of Santa Daime, its history, its peculiar theology and its rituals will most likely find this book extremely confusing. If they are lucky enough to know some of the basics of the Santa Daime practice, its history and have been fortunate enough to participate in a few works, then this book will be invaluable. Santo Daime is not a prosletyzing religion,and it’s very obvious that this book was written by a father of the church for its devoted members. Those who have an antrhopological interest, it is advised that you do some research before-hand.

Fascinating.

 on December 6, 2016
By Cami
Fascinating read to anyone interested in exploring and understanding contemporary traditions that consecrate Ayahuasca. The book is a mixture of the writer’s own personal spiritual journey as well as the history of the doctrine of the Santo Daime. I really, really loved this book.

A Brighter Day’s Acomin’

 on August 15, 2014
By Caryllhanbury
This book arrived when my expectations were very depressing for our world. Upon reading

A TREASURE!

 on June 12, 2016
By Gilligan
I agree with other reviewer in that you need to know something about Santo Daime to understand this book. That having been said, it is the best book on ayahuasca spirituality I have ever read.

Interesting book!!

 on September 25, 2015
By Sharol B Sager
Very interesting book. Especially interesting to see how it is used today by these people in Brazil. Also it’s present day use in the US by converts.

love it

 on April 13, 2014
By Rosieflygirl
Is a exact guide for practioners. I will be rereading this book, a must read for new comers or anyone interested in this doctrine and medicine.

Title is exact

 on April 6, 2011
By f. u.
interesting back round information for anyone interested in crossover and evolution of ritual use of aya in shamanism to organized religion.

a real life tale that sound like fiction. A must read

 on October 28, 2014
By Chris Q
Fascinating read, inspired, a real life tale that sound like fiction. A must read, mind expending experience.

Fascinating storyt of the making of a medicine man and …

 on December 5, 2016
By M. Green
Fascinating storyt of the making of a medicine man and Auahuasquero in the Amazon

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