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The Religion of Ayahuasca : The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime - Alex Polari de Alverga

The Religion of Ayahuasca

The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime

Paperback Published: 19th October 2010
ISBN: 9781594773983
Number Of Pages: 296

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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 Mapi , 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 Mapi --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.

"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."
"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."

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xx
Introductionp. 1
The Magician of Rio Brancop. 11
The Prophet of the Amazonp. 23
The Divine Gardenerp. 37
Zen Canoeing in the Igarapé Mapiáp. 49
The Doctor of the Juruáp. 63
Padrinho Sebastião and Mestre Irineup. 75
I Raise This Bannerp. 91
The Duel with the Sorcererp. 107
I Light My Candlesticksp. 121
Feitio: God's Will, Human Actionp. 137
The Spiritual Rebirthp. 155
Memories of the Pastp. 171
Love Is to Be Sharedp. 189
New World, New Lifep. 203
The End of Time: The New Beginningp. 217
The Future of New Jersalemp. 229
Notesp. 245
Glossaryp. 249
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ISBN: 9781594773983
ISBN-10: 159477398X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 19th October 2010
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2