Missionaries have a presence in just two of the sixty four communities in the achuar nation and have had to compromise their catholic doctrine with indigenous beliefs. As everywhere in South America, catholicism now accounts for the majority religion, however it is a very maleable type of catholicism that incorporates achuar beliefs in 'arutem' (the spirit of the forest) and tolerates the use of natem (ayahuasca) and tobacco juice to aid in quests that achuar frequently take into the forest to renew their spiritual energy.
Missionaries have a presence in just two of the sixty four communities in the achuar nation and have had to compromise their catholic doctrine with indigenous beliefs. As everywhere in South America, catholicism now accounts for the majority religion, however it is a very maleable type of catholicism that incorporates achuar beliefs in 'arutem' (the spirit of the forest) and tolerates the use of natem (ayahuasca) and tobacco juice to aid in quests that achuar frequently take into the forest...
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