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The Religion of Ayahuasca

The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime
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Alex Polari de Alverga
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Foreword by Stephen Larsen

Preface by Jonathan Goldman


1 The Magician of Rio Branco

2 The Prophet of the Amazon

3 The Divine Gardener

4 Zen Canoeing in the Igarapé Mapiá

5 The Doctor of the Juruá

6 Padrinho Sebastião and Mestre Irineu

7 I Raise This Banner

8 The Duel with the Sorcerer

9 I Light My Candlesticks

10 Feitio: God's Will, Human Action

11 The Spiritual Rebirth

12 Memories of the Past

13 Love Is to Be Shared

14 New World, New Life

15 The End of Time: The New Beginning

16 The Future of New Jerusalem


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.