Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Valley of the Dawn

  • Amurabi OliveiraEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_90


The Valley of Dawn is a very syncretic mediumic religion whose doctrinal and liturgical characteristics are influenced by Kardecism, Umbanda, Catholicism, and the New Age. It centers on the articulation conducted between the elements in popular religions in Brazil and other countries from a globalized culture (Oliveira 2014b), so for a better understanding of this phenomenon it is necessary to consider the idiosyncrasies of the Brazilian religious field and elements from the rest of the world. Its adherents believe in reincarnation and karma, the existence of life on other planets (Hayes 2013), and they tend to deny that the Valley of Dawn can be considered a religion − rather that it is a doctrine − yet they claim to be Christians.


Historically, the Valley of Dawn began to develop in the 1950s by the charismatic figure of Neiva Chavez Zelaya (1925–1985), better known as “Tia Neiva,” in Planaltina, a satellite city of Brasília. The biography of the founder,...


New Age New religious movements Popular religions 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Political ScienceFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil