This picture conveys the diverse knowledge that Amazonian people have of plants including both medicinal properties and their value as a food resource. This has accumulated over centuries through communion with plant spirits, drinking ayahuasca and dieting. By chanting the icaro of the correct plant, the shaman summons the appropriate wisdom for healing his patient. Many Indian healing practices are little known.
In the lower part of the picture they are learning how to divine using pipe smoke. In it they see everything, whether things are well at home or if anybody wants to harm you
December 26th, 2011
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