The religion of Santo Daime, which is a syncretism associating
christianity with shamanism, came into existence in 1930 at
the borders of the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil, and brings
a message of Harmony, Love, Truth and Justice to the whole world.
The Santo Daime rituals are a strong support in the process
of selfpurification. By taking the responsibility to work on
body and mind, participants can evolve to a higher spiritual
Calendar of the rituals
more information about this religion and our activities, please contact
one of these centres.
da Santa Maria"
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Hague, the Netherlands
"Ceflu São Miguel"
Raimundo Irineu with the 'Rainha da Floresta'
(Colônia Cinco Mil)
sacred beverage 'Santo Daime'
For thousands of years, Santo Daime has been used by the native
people of the Amazonian forest in both religious ceremonies
as shamanistic and therapeutic practices. The brown colored
and bitter tasting tea is known under many names: yagé,
nepe, kabi, natema, hoasca, and ayahuasca. This last name comes
from the ancient Quechua language and means 'vine of the soul'.
1930-1971: Master Irineu
Raimundo Irineu Serra (1892 - 1971), born from African ancestors,
was a simple rubber tapper, working in the forest. When the
people of the rainforest introduced him to their sacred beverage,
he soon received revelations from the 'Rainha da Floresta'.
She revealed a shining ritual, in which was danced and sung.
In 1930, Master Irineu created the 'Doutrina do Santo Daime',
which was the first centre where people from non-indian origins
could drink ayahuasca.
1971-1990: Padrinho Sebastião
Sebastião Mota de Melo (1920-1990), one of the direct
disciples of Master Irineu, continued his master’s work.
Knowing that it was his mission to bring the Santo Daime to
the whole country, he created the community 'Céu do Mapiá'
deep into the rainforest, from where he would lead the expansion
of the doctrine to the cities of Brazil.
1990-present: Padrinho Alfredo
Alfredo Gregório de Melo (1950), son of Padrinho Sebastião
and Madrinha Rita, opened churches in Europe, the United States
and Japan. While bringing the Daime to the world, Padrinho Alfredo
also reassured the connection of the religion with nature by
creating a new community in the virgin forest.
Hymns & Hinários
The first Santo Daime hymns to be received from the spiritual
dimension, were spread and memorized only by singing them together.
At present times, the internet brings these hymns to every one
who desires to hear them.
'Cruzeirinho' - Master Irineu
'Oração' - Pd. Sebastião
'Nova Era' (25) - Pd. Alfredo
'O Livrinho' (37) - Pd. Valdete
november 29, 2005
on brazilian tv
A camera team takes the trip to Céu do Mapiá and
discovers the Santo Daime. This documentary
(10 minutes), with words of Luiz Mendes, Pd. Alfredo
and Alex Polari, recently appeared on the main brazilian tv
Institução do Desenvolvimento Ambiental.
The official site in Brazil.
Download all offical hinários from Céu do Mapiá (mp3).