Fall 2012

Faculty Advisor

Dr. John L. Rector

Degree Name

Master of Arts


This study examines the legal battles of the three Ayahuasca religious groups. Once founded in Brazil, they waged a long campaign to gain freedom by the government to practice their beliefs. The three groups are: Santo Daime, Barquinha, and União do Vegetal (UDV). This work also provides the historical background of each group, its principal beliefs and rites, and the social status of its members. Extensive references and bibliography are included.

Document Type


PDF-A The Battle for the Legality and Legitimacy of Ayahuasca Religions.pdf (481 kB)
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