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The Religion of Ayahuasca: The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime 2nd Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; 2 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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This book arrived when my expectations were very depressing for our world. Upon reading
Alex's tale of a group of people who are excited about our future helps me see some tomorrow. To grasp the people all about us as siblings is the first and most urgent step.
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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.
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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.
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