The Amazon town of Boca do Acre has become a maelstrom, blending hallucinogens with a complex syncretic religion blended from Christianity, Spiritism, Shamanism and African Animism.
Santo Daime, the religion that has made its home in Boca do Acre, was founded in 1930 by a Brazilian man who saw the Virgin Mary during an experience with the psychoactive vine Ayahuasca. Following his vision, he began formulating new religious views, which became Santo Daime. Daime, in Portuguese means “give me,” which accurately reflects a religion based on deriving strength and love from one’s environment.
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