Santo Daime: Beliefs, History, Quotes and Facts

Santo Daime Cult

Santo Daime is a syncretic spiritual new age cult practice founded in Brazil in the 1930s that incorporates elements of several religious or spiritual traditions including Catholicism, Kardecist Spiritism, African animism and indigenous South American shamanism, including vegetalismo.

Santo Daime

The Santo Daime Church, founded in Brazil, is best known for its use of the psychoactive plant drug ayahuasca. The mix used by the Santo Daime consists of the bark of a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which contains harmine, and leaves of a plant called Psychotria viridis which contains dimethyl tryptamine (DMT). Also known as yage, 'vine of the soul' and caapi, ayahuasca can produce visions and insights (the source of these visions and insights aren't from God) and, in Santo Daime services, these are integrated into a collective religious experience. The doctrine of the Santo Daime includes beliefs from both Christianity and nature religions, and the services, at least in Brazil, are strongly community affairs.


The Santo Daime church was founded in 1930 by Raimundo Irineu Serra, a Brazilian rubber-tapper. Ireneu, born in Brazil in 1902, reached adulthood at the time of the great Brazilian rubber boom. He migrated in 1922, along with many other young Brazilians, from the north-eastern drought-ridden region of Brazil to the Amazonian rainforest where the rubber trade was thriving. He spent six years in the new town of Xapuri, in Acre, working as a rubber tapper.

Ireneu had been brought up a Catholic, but he now came into contact with spiritism (religion based on the spirits of plants and animals) and native Indian beliefs. He tried the ayahuasca tea and was shown the correct way to prepare it.

Ireneu's first significant vision was of a “Divine” Lady, sitting in the moon, who told him he must retreat into the forest for eight days with only ayahuasca to drink and only macacheira (boiled manioc) to eat. During this retreat Ireneu had visions of the “Forest Queen” who told him that he must start a new faith in which the ayahuasca drink (to be called 'daime', meaning 'give me' in Portuguese) would be central. She would show him how the Daime was to be used as a sacrament and guide him through the initial hostilities he and his followers would face.

Ireneu started his new church in Rio Branco, the capital of Acre, in 1930. He was still receiving visions from the “Forest Queen” and he also channelled hymns. Collections of these hymns became the church's guiding principle.

Ireneu died in 1971, but his work was continued by one of his principal followers, Sebastiao Mota de Melo (who became known as Padrinho Sebastiao). He held Daime works with his family and friends until his death in 1990. Leadership passed to his son, Padrinho Alfredo Gregorio de Melo who remains President of the organisation and its main spiritual leader.

Santo Daime New Age Cult Exposed

Here is the religion of Santo Daime from Santo Daime's homepage:

Our liturgical religion, which consists in sharing the sacramental tea [Ayahuasca] in appropriate dates, is called Eclectic for its roots are deeply buried in a strong syncretism of various folk, cultural and religious elements. We praise God, Jesus Christ, saints, angels and spiritual beings of many cultures, especially the Christian, Indigenous and African ones. The use of the Santo Daime sacrament is done in the dates of its festivities calendar, following the ritual rules set by both Master Irineu and Padrinho Sebastião.”


Did you notice anything wrong? I'll quote some part of it again: “We praise God, Jesus Christ, saints, angels and spiritual beings of many cultures, especially the Christian, Indigenous and African ones.

In the quote, the bold and underline text are the wrong part. They praise (or invoke) these unfamiliar spirits of other religions outside the one true Christian religion.

Santo Daime is a syncretic spiritual new age practice founded in the 1930s that incorporates elements of several religious or spiritual traditions including Catholicism, Kardecist Spiritism, African animism and indigenous South American shamanism, including vegetalismo.

The Santo Daime cult is strewn with occult rituals, communion with evil spirits, shamanism, possession of spirits and mind altering drug abuse. People nowadays don’t fathom the severity of this crime of magic, psychedelic drug abuse and spirit possession and paganism but it is easily understood to be a most evil crime when one realizes that shamans, spiritists, magicians and occultists are communing with the devil when they do their magical/shamanic rituals or offerings. We are constantly being bombarded throughout false religions posing as “Christian” to accept magic, paganism, spiritualism, occultists, etc, in other words, false religions, which clearly shows that Satan is involved here.

Psalms 95:5- “For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils…”

1 Cor. 10:20- “But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.”

Santo Daime even claims to be a doctrine that “originated from Christianism” and that it’s foundation “are the same as primitive Christianism left by St. Peter.”

Is Santo Daime a sect or a religion? Neither, actually. It’s a Doctrine originated from Christianism. Its foundations are the same as the ones in the primitive Christianism left by St. Peter, which began with the Pentecost, an age in which the esoteric focus was greater than the exoteric.” (

It is a fact of history, scripture and tradition that Our Lord Jesus Christ founded His universal Church (the Catholic Church) upon St. Peter.

Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return, it means that the Church will, until the end of time, remain essentially what she is. One must belong to the one true universal Church Jesus Christ established to be Saved, for he who refuses to hear the Church is like the heathen and publican (Matthew 18:17).

Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.

If you are a Mennonite, Menno Simons (an ex-Catholic) created your religion in 1536.

If you are a Presbyterian, John Knox (an ex-Catholic) founded your sect in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion began with Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Baptist, John Smyth created your sect in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, your church began with Michaelis Jones in New York in 1628.

If you are a Quaker, your religion began with George Fox in 1652.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, Samuel Seabury created your sect in the American colonies in the 17th century, as an offshoot of the Church of England.

If you are Amish, Jacob Amman created your religion in 1693, as an offshoot of the Mennonites.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your sect in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon ("Latter Day Saints"), your religion comes from Joseph Smith, who revealed it in Palmyra, N.Y. in 1829.

If you are a Seventh Day Adventist, your religion was created by Ellen White in 1860.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, William Booth started your sect in London in 1865.

If you are of the "Jehovah's Witnesses," your beliefs came from Charles Taze Russell in 1872.

If you are a "Christian Scientist," Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy devised your religion in 1879.

If you belong to the Santo Daime sect, your religion was created by Raimundo Irineu Serrain in 1930.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as "Church of the Nazarene," "Pentecostal Gospel," "Holiness Church," "Pilgrim Holiness Church," "Assemblies of God," "United Church of Christ," etc., your religion is one of the thousands of new sects founded by men in the last century.

If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, true God and true man; and that this one Church, to which people must belong to be saved, will exist until the end of time.
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