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Forest of Visions: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition

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Publisher Comments:

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"


•A true story of a classical spiritual encounter, as well as an intimate account of the genesis of an important religious tradition that continues to grow worldwide"


•Edited and Introduced by Stephen Larsen, author of The Shaman's Doorway


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 and in search of something to restore his spiritual connection to life, he had a transformative encounter with one of the two revered founders of Santo Daime, Padrinho Sebastiao Mota de Mela. Santo Daime--an Amazonian religion, born out of jungle entheogens, mediumship, and healing, that is a potent and unique synthesis of Christianity and indigenous practices--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 rainforest to Mapia, one of the spiritual centers of Santo Daime, where he became a teacher and leader of the Daime community."

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."

Synopsis:

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892817160
Translator:
Workman, Rosana
Translator:
Workman, Rosana
Author:
de Alverga, Alex Polari
Author:
Alverga, Alex Polari De
Author:
Workman, Rosana
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
New Age
Subject:
Religion and mythology
Subject:
Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experience
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Ayahuasca
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Spirituality - Shamanism
Subject:
Santo Daime (Cult)
Subject:
New Age x
Subject:
Santo Daime
Subject:
Alverga, Alex Polari de
Subject:
Metaphysics-Shamanism
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
254
Dimensions:
9.04x6.02x.74 in. 1.06 lbs.

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