Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman--Unveiling the sacred mysteries of Ayahuasca (Paperback)

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Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman--Unveiling the sacred mysteries of Ayahuasca (Paperback)


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A storied journey into the psychedelic realm: unravel the sacred mysteries of Ayahuasca with a renowned Amazonian shaman and anthropologist duo.

Unveiling nearly 50 vivid painting masterpieces revealing Ayahuasca's mind-expanding impact on human consciousness.

Explore the mesmerizing world of Ayahuasca in this classic volume. Featuring the visionary art of Pablo Amaringo and the anthropological expertise of Luis Eduardo Luna, Ayahuasca Visions presents nearly 50 vibrant, full-color pieces of artwork. Each vision illustrates a deep understanding of how Ayahuasca affects human consciousness. The artworks integrate plant teachers and shamanic powers, like the Three Types of Sorcerers, along with the spirit world, including forest spirits, chthonic spirits, and ouranian spirits. Additionally, they explore concepts related to illness and healing.

In an era where Ayahuasca is gaining global popularity for its benefits to spiritual growth, self-exploration, and mental well-being, Ayahuasca Visions is an indispensable guide. It not only documents the rich tapestry of visions induced by this potent brew—it reinforces the profound connection between humans and the natural world. Whether you're embarking on a personal spiritual journey or seeking a deeper understanding of Ayahuasca, this book is your gateway to the mysteries of this remarkable plant teacher.

Esteemed scholars such as Professor Richard Schultes, Terence McKenna, and Åke Hultkrantz applaud Ayahuasca Visions for its unique blend of vivid psychedelic art with ethnographic insight. The book serves as an enlightening journey into the Ayahuasca experience, demystifies its profound impact on the psyche, and provides a broad understanding of the plant’s spiritual and therapeutic dimensions within Amazonian shamanism.
Peter César Amaringo practiced for many years as a healer in the Peruvian Amazon. Today he paints the visions he remembers from his shamanic practice and teachers young people to paint as director of the USKO-AYAR Amazonian School of Painting in Pucallpa, an art school he cofounded with Luis Eduardo Luna in 1988, where local youth are educated in the care and preservation of the Amazon ecosystem.

Luis Eduardo Luna was born and raised in the Colombian Amazon region. He earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Comparative Religion of Stockholm University. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. The author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki since 1979 and since 1986 an Associate of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781556433115
ISBN-10: 1556433115
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 1999
Pages: 160
Language: English
“Publication of these outstanding paintings of aya­huasca visions experienced by a native medicine man, Pablo Amaringo, and interpreted by the distinguished anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna permits us to un­der­stand the unworldly psychic effects of the ‘vine of the soul.’”—Professor Richard Schultes, Director, Botanical Museum of Harvard University

“Pablo Amaringo and Luis Eduardo Luna are to be congratulated for their collaboration. It has yielded a book that is both beautiful and sure to be an en­during contribution to the ethnography and art history of shamanism. The visions and vanishing lifestyles of the ayahuasqueros of Amazonas are presented with wonderful integrity and sensitivity.”—Terence McKenna, author of The Invisible Landscape (with Dennis McKenna) and True Hallucinations

“In these times of vast ecological destruction in the Amazon, the most topical achievement of this book [is] the painful reminder that plants in their botanical, pharmaceutical, and spiritual existence may have an immensely more important message for mankind than we ever imagined.”—Angelika Gebhart-Sayer, Professor of Ethnology, University of Marburg

“This is a fascinating and authoritative work about a South American native shaman and his conceptual world.”—Åke Hultkrantz, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, Stockholm University