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Congratulations to religious studies professor William Barnard on his new book, Liquid Light

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Liquid Light: Ayahuasca Spirituality and the Santo Daime Tradition, published by Columbia University Press, offers an in-depth immersion into the complex and fascinating world of the Santo Daime – a relatively new religion that emerged out of the Amazon rainforest region of Brazil in the middle of the twentieth century, and which now has churches throughout the world.  The Santo Daime is a religion based on the sacramental use of ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew. Liquid Light is Professor Barnard’s highly personal and vivid description of what he encountered during the over fifteen years he spent researching the Santo Daime – not only the central rituals and beliefs of this new religion, but also what it feels like, from within, to drink the Daime, the name given by the Santo Daime tradition to ayahuasca.  Liquid Light also explores the philosophical implications of the visionary/mystical experiences catalyzed by the Daime – examining what these experiences might teach us about the nature of consciousness and who we are within our depths.