The renaco tree (Ficus trigona) you see growing here by a water fall is guarded over by napeas or nymphs looking like mermaids. The renaco is their temple, palace and sanctuary, where they dance and sing enchanting icaros of the matico plant, for example, which shamans use to craft shacapas or fans which they shake like rattles to accompany their icaros.
In the ayahuasca ceremony below, the maestro is smoking mapacho to intensify the mareacion, or visionary effects of ayahuasca. This is shown by the radiant electromagnetic patterns around them.
February 18th, 2012
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