A boat docked at the New Israelite village of Nuevo Pevas, Peru. Anna Loshkin

Tropical Promised Land: New Israelites of the Amazon

A look at the evangelical Christian agrarian sect that adheres to Old Testament laws, celebrates Shabbat and is dedicated to building a new Jerusalem in the Peruvian rainforest.

They live in the rainforest, till the land and follow a strict interpretation of the Old Testament. On Saturday, they offer animal sacrifices to God; in their churches, men and women sit separately. And just...

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