Text and Research
Thesis, papers, books and articles regarding the Santo Daime doctrine and the sacramental drink Ayahuasca

50 Years of the St. Francis of Assisi School50 Years of the St. Francis of Assisi School -- In 1963, in the grounds of the mission of Mestre Daniel Pereira de Mattos, was formed the St. Francis of Assisi School, held in the living room of the house of Mr. Manuel Hipólito de Araújo, a little shack with one bedroom, built in mud and roofed with open kerosene tins and measuring four meters wide by six long.

The Citizen Irineu Serra, by Antonio AlvesMestre / Text taken from the Traditional Ayahuasca Communities' magazine on "The Citizen Irineu Serra", by Antonio Alves.

Mestre Gabriel and the Daime CallRun to Where There is Shade
Mestre Gabriel and the 'Daime call'

Valcirio, Son of MestreValcírio, Son of Mestre
Article from O Rio Branco gazette, of 1992, about the late Valcírio Genésio da Silva.

Farewell of Raimundo Gomes, by Antônio Alves

O Rio Branco Gazette / Wednesday, July 30, 1986.
Tribute to Raimundo Gomes da Silva, by Antônio Alves
Farewell my brothers and sisters, for now I am going on, I am leaving, destined for the River Jordan...


122 Years of Mestre Irineu Today Mestre Irineu completes 122 years of age. The verb is in the present tense indeed, because we are talking about a master who left a life legacy. And his work makes him as alive today as when he was still here with us -- tribute from Jorge Viana, Senator for the Acre State.

Francisco Fernando Filho, "Padrinho Tetéu"Francisco Fernando Filho, "Padrinho Tetéu", by Thiago Martins e Silva Hoff. Article from issue 9, June 2007, of the much missed virtual magazine Arca da União.

Carlos Marques, the Brazilian Forrest GumpCarlos Marques, the Brazilian Forrest Gump and "predestined apostle of the Santo Daime" / by Juarez Duarte Bomfim. The journalist Carlos Marques has just released his autobiographical memoir entitled "Lá Sou Amigo do Rei" [There I am a friend of the king]. The surprising and adventurous life of the author brings tasty stories, told in a light style that captivates the reader and makes it impossible to stop reading.


Unraveling the Mystery of the Origin of AyahuascaUnraveling the Mystery of the Origin of Ayahuasca / by Gayle Highpine. For decades, researchers have puzzled over the mystery of the origin of Ayahuasca, especially the question of how the synergy was discovered between the two components of the brew: the vine (...) and the leaf (...) Drawing from two years of fieldwork among Napo Runa Indian shamans, cross-dialect studies of Quechua, and the record of anthropological data, (...) Among the Napo Runa, the Ayahuasca vine is considered “the mother of all plants” and a mediator and translator between the human and plant worlds, helping humans and plants to communicate with each other.


A Closer Look at the Shamans BrewA Closer Look at the Shamans Brew / by Adam J. Walker - The following is a research paper I wrote about several of the aspects of ayahuasca. It is intended for those who are new to the subject of ayahuasca or people interested in learning more but don't have the time to read an entire book.

Seu MarioThe beautiful exercise of a happy man / by Naylor George - Drinking Ayahuasca and in peace with the world, a follower of Mestre Irineu's doctrine completes today 90 years of solar life.

Antonio AlvesAntônio Alves, a journalist, talks about Mestre Irineu - during the solemnity in which the governor Jorge Viana and the mayor Raimundo Angelim signed decrees that makes official the Universal Light Christian Illumination Center – Alto Santo (CICLU – ALTO SANTO) as a historic and cultural patrimony of Acre and the city of Rio Branco.

Leoncio GarciaShipibo Ayahuasca Shaman Leoncio Garcia Interviewed - at Mishana Private Retreat Centre, Amazon Rainforest with Peter Cloudsley August 2005 (Howard G Charing)


1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV - Dear friends, two months ago the website of the Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP) published a text called "O LSD Caboclo: notas sobre a reportagem 'Na selva, um místico vende o sonho' (1968)", written by me, Brian Anderson and Matthew Meyer. An expanded, translated version of this text has now been published on Erowid.org with the title "1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV: Notes on the article "Na selva, um místico vende o sonho" [In the forest, a mystic sells dreams] (1968)".

An English translation of the article can be found at the end of our text; and there is also a link to the article in the original Portuguese.

This text presents a few of observations on one of the very first newspaper articles to be written on the União do Vegetal (UDV) and distributed throughout Brazil. The article was written in 1968, during a period when awareness of the Brazilian ayahuasca religions was first beginning to reach beyond the Amazon. Until now, 40 years latter, this article has, to our knowledge, not been referenced in the ayahuasca literature.

Although the article demonstrates a clear prejudice against the UDV and makes some inaccurate claims, it also presents new information on the religion and a fascinating view into the climate that surrounded the religious use of ayahuasca in 1960s Brazil.

Best wishes
Bia Labate & co-authors



Peter Gorman: 25 Years of ShamanismPeter Gorman: 25 Years of Shamanism / Peter Gorman's Love affair with the Amazon jungle is well-known to people in the Field. Since 1984 Mr. Gorman has spent a minimum of three months annually there, generally using Iquitos, in Peru, as his base. During that time he has studied ayahuasca, the visionary healing vine of the jungle, with his friend, the curandero Julio Jerena.

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