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Mestre Irineu prohibited all Daimistas from using Cannabis, LSD, Morphine and other drugs

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Daime is not a drug. It is …

The prohibition of drugs in Alto Santo


Mestre Irineu and Mapacho tobacco

The only other plant substances that alter consciousness that Mestre Irineu specifically promoted was Mapacho tobacco. There is even a famous photo of Mestre Irineu smoking.

Mapacho is a very important plant in the traditional cultures of Ayahuasca-using native tribes.

Mestre would even blow Mapacho smoke over the Daime, a technique from Indigineous Amazonian Shamanism, however he instructed that these shamanic components of the tradition should not be carried on beyond his own lifetime.

The Ritualistic Standards of Traditional Daime – Alto Santo

This article outlines the ritualistic stands of Traditional Santo Daime practice, as was defined and codified by the end of the life of Mestre Irineu.

Not all of these standards are exclusive to Alto Santo. Many of these standards are also practiced in the line of Padrinho Sebastião. We are, however, using this article as a baseline to describe the works and practice of Santo Daime as Mestre Irineu intended it to be – it is not meant to be a compare and contrast article.

Setup of the table

The three candles

Three candles are placed on the table, between the Cruzeiro and the chairs which seat the head of the table.

The three candles of the table can be set up as a candelabra, however they can also be placed individually. See, for example, these two photos from “Centro Livre Caminho do Sol” which is a traditional Daime center in Rio Branco.

Three candles placed individually

Three candles in a single candelabra


The Santo Daime Farda (Uniforms)

What is the Farda?

The Farda is …

One interesting point about the Farda is that

Farda standards

Farda Azul / Blue Farda

Farda Branca / White Farda


Differences between Farda standards in the line of Traditional Daime and of Padrinho Sebastião


The Maracá as part of the Farda


Development of the Santo Daime Farda

Early history and influences


CRF – the Circle of Regeneration and Faith


Early Farda


Mestre’s changes to the farda and final version


Changes to the farda in the Line of Padrinho Sebastião


Rules about the Farda

You cannot remove the Farda in the work.

This is something they do in the new Paulo Roberto sect of Daime in their “Illumination works”

The Cura Work of Mestre Irineu

Introduction to the Cura Work of Mestre Irineu


The Shamanic Healing work of Indigineous Amazonian Shamans


How is the traditional Cura work of Mestre Irineu conducted?


Stories about Mestre Irineu performing the Cura work



Why is this not the same as the Cura work of Padrinho Sebastião?

Padrinho Sebastião did not have any experience in the realm of traditional shamanism, his background was in spiritism. Padrinho Sebastião saw the Daime through the spiritist lens and performed a “cura” work to the best of his knowledge and abilities based on his talents.

You can read our full article on the Cura of Padrinho Sebastião here.

It would not have been possible for Padrinho Sebastião to carry on a tradition of this Cura work if he never had the training or experience on how to conduct it.

Does the cura work of Sebastião offer the same level of healing? Well, it offers group healing but it is fundamentally a different work all together. The Sebastião Cura does not aim to diagnose or prescribe any individual suffering person, but rather aims for a collective spiritual cleansing.

Are there illnesses that someone could be properly diagnosed and treated by Mestre’s Cura that would not be healed by Sebastião’s?

The Traditional Daime Concentration as defined by Mestre Irineu

What is the intention of the Concentration work?


The historical development of the Daime Concentration work

What is meditation?

The Concentration begins even before Daime. First off we explore the idea of meditation, and sitting in silence quieting the mind.

Ayahuasqueros and their silent concentration

Then the next step for us to examine is the practices by Indigineous Ayahuasqueros of the Amazon who would drink Ayahuasca and sit in absolute stillness – motionless for hours.

Early Concentrations with Mestre Irineu

[The first concentration works in the Daime before Germano Guillherme presented his first hymn]

Mestre Irineu receives the “Hinos Novos” and they are appended to the conclusion of the silent concentration


How to perform the traditional Daime Concentration

Part 1 – Opening


Part 2 – Concentration


Part 3 – Hinos Novos


Part 4 – Closing


Additonal rules and guidelines for the traditional Daime Concentration


Who practices the traditional Daime Concentration?

There are various groups who practice this work regularly.

  • The original center of Alto Santo, and all traditional centers which commit to carrying out the work as defined by Mestre Irineu.
  • The CEFLI – Fortaleza line also practices the format of the traditional concentration
  • Some Independent Daime centers practice this format

Additionally, similar concentrations are conducted sometimes in the line of Padrinho Sebastião, but not exactly to the spec. Padrinho Alex Polari is known to serve Daime in a format of a concentration where the group will lay down in a concentration, or be seated.

Some churches that work in the line of Padrinho Sebastiao also practice this work, sometimes. While this is not the format of the work that is defined explicitly by the standards of Céu do Mapiá, it is not prohibited for a daimista in that line to practice this work.

During the global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many churches were affected worldwide who could not longer gather for their big 40-50 people concentrations that would alternate 1 hour of silence with segments of singing Oração, Concentration Hinos, an Hinario or selection, and finally the Hinos Novos (Cruzerinho) of Mestre Irineu all with maracás and musicians. When groups would be limited to meeting only within their households or up to 5 people at a time, some made a switch to this format in their smaller groups. Notably, they would make some changes that were a little more egalitarian, such as allowing women at the table or not making the women stand and men sit for the singing component.

The Decree of Mestre Irineu completely outlines the definition of the traditional concentration

As noted in the above section, the traditional concentration begins with a reading of the decree of Mestre Irineu. Here we will summarize some main points in the decree while removing the parts that do not partain to the format of the work.


Oddly enough, in the line of Padrinho Sebastião the exact same decree is read… and then they do not follow the instructions that are laid out! The decree outlines the format of the work, it states clearly that there is a Daime serving, concentration, and then we get into formation and sing. Yet Daimistas in the Mapiá line read off these instructions and then do not follow them every single work.

How is the traditional Daime Concentration different from the version practiced in the line of Padrinho Sebastião?

There are a few important points that are emphasized in the traditional concentration which are not present in the

Oração has your mind elsewhere during that first wave of Daime – it is a totally different experience.