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The Religion of Ayahuasca: The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime [Paperback]

by Alex Polari de Alverga
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Book Description

October 19, 2010 159477398X 978-1594773983 2nd Edition, New Edition of Forest of Visions
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.

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“There are detailed, carefully written descriptions of the spiritual process and the precision with which Alverga has woven these threads through various perspectives and conceptual frameworks is fascinating.” (The Psychedelic Press, UK, January 2011)

“Who better to tell the story of ayahuasca (Diplopterys cabrerana) than de Alverga? His intellectual and practical work bridges the worlds of scholars and Amazonian people. After years of being held as a political prisoner during the reign of Brazil’s military junta, he encountered the Santo Daime religion–a unique form of christianity blended with traditional Amazonian use of mediumship and ayahuasca for healing and spiritual growth. The book relates the personal experiences key figures and of the author’s as he evolves into a Santo Daime leader.” (American Herb Association, September 2012)

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ENTHEOGENS / RELIGION

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.

ALEX POLARI DE ALVERGA spent years as a political prisoner during the rule of the military junta in Brazil, enduring torture, brutality, and deprivation. On his release from captivity, he encountered the Santo Daime religion and is currently a padrinho (spiritual father) in the spiritual community of Mapiá.

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: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a new book January 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
You have to read the amazon description very carefully to find "New Edition of Forest of Visions edition". This is just a new edition of this book Forest of Visions: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition which contained, but not alot of information about Santo Daime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it April 13, 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Title is exact April 6, 2011
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interesting back round information for anyone interested in crossover and evolution of ritual use of aya in shamanism to organized religion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate December 19, 2012
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I purchased Alex Polari's "Forest of Visions" and "Religion of Ayahuasca" at the same time. I read "Forest" first, and then started "Religion," only to discover they were the exact same book, word -for- word and page-for-page! I still haven't found out if mine was just an incredibly rare printers' error or if the author was trying to proliferate his titles by simply renaming his books! I hope the former, because I have met Alex Polari twice and he definitely does not strike me as that sort of man.
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