Sumac means beautiful in Quechua. Shamans sing sumac icaros to call malign spirits to discover the cause of the sickness of their patient. These spirits or tunchis, can be seen in the painting in their white shrouds with red eyed supay tuyuyos (Jabiru Storks). Tuyuyos are used by sorcerers for evil purposes so should never be eaten as they can make you evil and savage when angered. When the sumac icaro is sung in ceremonies it brings visions of palaces, pagodas and temples, and touches the hearts and minds of everyone.
December 24th, 2011
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