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Vale do Amanhecer

The Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn) is a millenarian religious community situated in the Federal District of Brazil, 50 kilometers from its capital Brasília. It is a new religious movement with a complex syncretism, including elements of Christianity, Spiritism, Afro-Brazilian, and Oriental religions, and beliefs in unidentified flying objects. The movement has spread all over Brazil (around 600 temples) and to seven other countries (the United States, Germany, Bolivia, Uruguay, Japan, Portugal, Trinidad-Tobago), garnering more than 100,000 adherents. The community was founded in 1959 by Neiva Chaves Zelaya (Tia Neiva), widowed at the age of 24 years and a mother of four children, who worked as a truck driver in central Brazil. Clairvoyant and guided by her visions, mainly by an Amerindian ...

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