Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol 3, No 1 (2009)

Visions of Christ in the Amazon: The Gospel According to Ayahuasca and Santo Daime

Lisa Maria Madera
Issued Date: 20 Jul 2009


In the Amazon, under the influence of ayahuasca, eco revolutionary Christian visions describe how Christ’s power takes root in the Amazonian ground. The article explores the “Gospel”—the story of Christ’s life and teachings—according to ayahuasca as told by the Quichua Aguarico Runa, a native people of the Ecuadorian upper Amazon and then traces local phrasings of the Gospel according to Santo Daime, a Christian sect indigenous to Brazil. As the Christian myth transforms, these radical botanical visions reinterpret South American history, bringing healing to continental and communal memory, and to the decimated and threatened land.

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DOI: 10.1558/jsrnc.v3i1.66


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