Tomorrow night, July 6: GreenCine proudly presents the Documentary Grand Prize winner of the DivX, Inc., Presents the GreenCine Online Film Festival. Colum Stapleton's Empire of Juramidam is a haunting exploration of Christianity's strangest offspring, The Santo Daime Church (a.k.a. the Church of the Eclectic Universal Flowing Light), whose ceremonies are based around the consumption of a bitter hallucinogenic 'tea' called Ayahuasca. The apocalyptic doctrine and churches originated in their present day headquarters in the heart of the Amazon. They are now spreading discreetly and illegally into many parts of the world. Their story has never been uncovered before.
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The cult known as Santo Daime or the Eclectic Church of the Flowing Light have been damned by people in the UK, all over Europe and now they have arrived in the US. This is a growing religious sect which feeds its followers, including children, on Ayahuasca which has long been used for Shamanism among tribal peoples of the Amazon Rainforest during rituals. This cult has 30 churches in Europe and is now trying to break into the USA.
Many families are crying out for help over their concerns about how this cult has intefered with their lives and some of it's followers return like zombies. The Sect's spiritual centre is in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest and it's followers are encouraged to go there as part of their cleansing. The members of the group openly talk about giving the mind-bending drug to their children which is outrageous.
Anahuasca is a brew made from boiling the Banisteriopsis caapi vine with the leaves of the Chacruna Plant, which can only be found in the Amazonian rainforest. It is believed that it is the most powerful hallucinogenic drug in the world, far stronger than man-made LSD. People who have taken it describe experiencing strong hallucinations that are both horriffic but for some, enlightening.
The followers of Santo Daime also use cannabis smoking as part of their sacrament and families who have members in this cult fell completely helpless with their children arriving back from the rainforest in a zombie state, unable to talk and psychotic. They claim to hear voices and during their trip the members who can stand, some fall down due to the strength of the drug, hop from foot-to-foot chanting.
This cult is shrouded in secrecy and was first started by Raimundo Irineu Serra, who used the drug to create Santo Daime in the 1910's. It's base is deep in the Amazonian Rainforests and the ceremony of light is based on regular consumption of Ayahuasca. At the ceremonies men and women are seperated, virgins and non-virgins are seperated and the ritual goes on for approximately an 8 hour period. The Eclectic Church of the Flowing Light may be responsible for various forms of mentally ill people in the near future.