What are the Icaros and How do They Promote Healing?

Roughly every culture in known history recognized song and sound as a communicational medium of the spirit to the other world. It was also through song that a cultural paradigm could be narrated for the education of the young or healing of the ill. For the Shipibo-Conibo and other cultures of the Amazon, singing is the primary medium…

What is the dieta and How Does it Relate to Ayahuasca?

A common trend that occurs when westerners assimilate other culture’s spiritual traditions is the extrapolation of pinnacle teachings and experiences from the underlying cultivation practices that supports them, which often results in the misappropriate use of power that is inherently accumulated through rites of purification of cultivation. For example, Many people who practice “yoga” have never…

Folk Medicine in the Peruvian Amazon.

This is an essay I wrote in my undergraduate studies at The Evergreen State College (2013) concerning the art and science of traditional healing practices in the Peruvian Jungle, particularly amongst the Quechua-Lamista and Shipibo cultures. The essay covers a broad spectrum of subjects, from historical events that have transformed the cultural knowledge base to the…