Over a glitchy Google Hangout, Erik and I discussed our culture’s highest hopes and darkest dreams for our collective future, and how they’ve both become more complicated since the turn of the millennium.
In the early part of the 20th century, Raimundo Irineu Serra—known today as Master Irineu—ventured into the Brazilian Amazon to work as a rubber tapper. There, he encountered the practice of drinking ayahuasca. During an extended participation in this ancient ritual, he received a vision from what he perceived to be the Virgin Mary. She instructed him to establish a specific spiritual doctrine. In 1930, Master Irineu formally established the first church of the Santo Daime.
Have you ever wondered why in modern Christmas tradition we do the things we do? Where do these stories come from – and better yet: what are we actually celebrating on Christmas morning? There are answers to these questions.