Fieldwork in Religion, Vol 2, No 3 (2006)

The Religious Uses of Licit and Illicit Psychoactive Substances in a Branch of the Santo Daime Religion

Edward MacRae
Issued Date: 27 Nov 2008


The article deals with the different effects of tolerant and prohibitionist policies associated with
psychoactive substance use in Brazil. Whereas the licit use of ayahuasca has been successfully
incorporated into mainstream Brazilian society, the ritual use of cannabis by one of the Santo
Daime religious groups has never been fully accepted and remains a constant source of problems
for the ayahuasca churches, their followers and society at large.

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DOI: 10.1558/firn.v2i3.393

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