After gathering jagube vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) in the forest, men pound it into fibres during the Batação.
Uniformed members of the Barquinha church working with higher spirits to bring lost souls to the light.
Three Dutch ‘daimistas’ in standard ‘Queen of the Forest’ garb heading for their first dusk-’til-dawn ceremony in Mapia
5.00am and the end of a 12-hour ritual; happiness and exhaustion show on the faces of the initiates.
Unlike Brazilian rituals , western devotees may lie down if there going through a spiritual experience.
Revelations from the Rainforest
Could hallucination be healthy or even spiritually rewarding? We visited the headquarters of a hitherto unknown religion, deep in the Amazonian rainforest, where the faithful brew and drink highly potent tea to tap straight into the forces of nature and the divine. The Brazilian church of Santo Daime advocates and practices the consumption of ayahuasca, one of the oldest and most powerful molecular mental agents for reaching heaven on earth. Even drug law enforcers accept its benefits.
Text Jules Marshall