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Forest of Visions: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition
Synopses & Reviews
The story of Santo Daime--a new religion that blends elements of" Christianity with older Amazonian indigenous spiritual practices--and the ecologically sound and spiritually centered utopian community it has inspired"
Forest of Visionsis 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 that from modest beginnings in Brazil has now spread throughout the world and continues to grow. It provides an inside look at the spiritually centered village of Mapia, a model for communities in the 21st century."
The story of Santo Daime--a new religion that blends elements of Christianity with older Amazonian indigenous spiritual practices--and the ecologically sound and spiritually centered utopian community it has inspired. 30 photos.
About the Author
Alex Polari de Alverga is currently a padrinho in Mapia. Forest of Visionsis the first of his books to be translated into English.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter 1 The Magician of Rio Branco Chapter 2 The Prophet of the Amazon Chapter 3 The Divine Gardener Chapter 4 Zen Canoeing in the Igarape Mapia Chapter 5 The Doctor of the Jurua Chapter 6 Padrinho Sebastiao and Mestre Irineu Chapter 7 I Raise This Banner Chapter 8 The Duel with the Sorcerer Chapter 9 I light My Candlesticks Chapter 10 Feitio: God's Will, Human Action Chapter 11 The Spiritual Rebirth Chapter 12 Memories of the Past Chapter 13 Love is to be Shared Chapter 14 New World, New Life Chapter 15 The End of Time Chapter 16 The Future of New Jerusalem Notes Glossary
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