AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Shirley Houston, iMr. Ed, iPia Shannon, iMary Adair, iKevin Weeks, iDilip Dahanukar, iGraham whittaker, i

  Home > Vision/Metaphysical > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Howard G Charing

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Blog
· 69 Titles
· 8 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Apr, 2007

Howard G Charing, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




   Recent articles by
Howard G Charing

Interview with Shipibo Shaman Enrique Lopez - Part 1
Albert Hoffman, the scientist who discovered LSD, dies at age 102
Ancient Andean Traditions under threat by the UN
Moses, Ayahuasca, and the Ten Commandments
Pablo Amaringo's Foreword to the book Plant Spirit Shamanism
The 4th International Amazonian Shamanism Conference:Magic, Myths, and Mira
Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul Part 5
Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul Part 4
Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul PART 3
Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul Part 2
Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul Part 1
The Sacred Traditions of the Andean Culture of Peru
           >> View all

Interview with Shipibo Ayahuasca Shaman Enrique Lopez in the Amazon Rainfor
By Howard G Charing   
Not "rated" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


The second part of an interview with Shipibo Shaman Enrique Lopez. Interviewed at Mishana, Amazon Rainforest Peru, November 2007. Enrique discusses his early years in the indigenous Shipibo community in the Ucayali region of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. Enrique talks about the Shipibo views on Ayahuasca and medicinal plants.

Tell us about the use of Tobacco.

Tobacco is very necessary for a shaman's work. Smoke protects against enemies and badness crossing your path. Before you light a mapacho you icaro it, then you blow the smoke onto your body before the session begins. You can also cure a child of susto (fright) by blowing smoke over it but babies are very sensitive and if very small, they can be made worse - cutipado - in which case you use agua florida. You can also chant to it and the mother's milk. What is your state of mind and vision when you go around to each person before the session, blowing?

I am asking the ayahuasca to give every one a good mareacion, or vision. The tobacco makes a kind of bridge with the ayahuasca. We normally prefer the cashimbo (Shipibo pipe) in a ceremony not mapacho cigarettes. It has a strong effect, and also calms people when the effects are too strong. Some shamans drink pure juice of tobacco macerated with alcohol instead of ayahusca. First he drinks and goes off into another world and has a green vision. That means patterns only. Sometimes the animals and things you see, have patterns on their skin. It happens when you sing in Shipibo, how do explain this?

What I do when I chant is to call the animals for protection. Otorongos may come near to us but sometimes they get too near and are ferocious and out of control. This can be caused by an enemy who has found a way to harm me. The thick bark and seeds of the Ayauma tree is good to protect against this. You take a vapor bath in it before the session. Camalonga (a seed) is good too, it returns the harm from where it came and the wrong doer becomes ill. Lupuna and Catauhua are also good against brujeria (bad magic). Huayruro is not so much used. Ajo sacha can be used in protective baths, for illnesses like arthritis, and as a powerful teacher. It makes you hard working, turns around a run of bad luck - saladera, helps you in fishing and hunting. You can also pour the ajosacha up the nose of the dog to make a good hunting dog. Also loose women (pishcotas) can be cured with ajosacha. I left Roaboya in 1998 and went to live in Trujillo to sell healing plants and ointments made from boa, otorongo, bufeo colorado etc. I found many charlatans there selling any old thing. I worked mainly with banos florales and didn't use ayahuasca. I also felt a lot of envy from people there, and once it made me very ill. I couldn't walk, and was urinating blood so I went to Lima by bus and from there to Tingo Maria where it got much worse, and I only just got to Pucullpa to return to my community. I was 24 then. Everyone said it was dano (envy and bad magic). I cured myself with Catahua, Lupuna and Ayahuma. At the bottom of the saucepan we placed crushed green bottles before adding the plants and barks. When I was well I returned to Lima for a few years, and then my wife got a job as a cook at a tourist lodge, so that's how I came to live in Iquitos. My uncle Benjamin (who is from Pauyan) still works there occasionally. Authors note: Benjamin Ochavano a powerful Shipibo shaman. How does a Shaman help people who have experienced harmful and negative sorcery?

Enemies can come from anywhere. If I heal someone, I undo someone's dano - illness from black magic - and that makes me the enemy of the brujo who tried harm or kill the person. What is it important for an Ayahuasca shaman to know?

A shaman must know how to do three things; They should know how to bring about the vision. Second, how to bring the effects down again when a patient is suffering. Thirdly, they must know how to close the session. These are the most important things, but there are shamans who take ayahuasca without knowing them. 

Web Site: Eagle's Wing Ayahuasca Retreats



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Atlantis Today - The USA. Poised For Destruction by Nina Anderson

Atlantis Today - The USA ws written to show the clear parallels between ancient Atlantis and our present-day civilization. According to archeologists and researchers, the ancients ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Winston's Kingdom [Winston Trilogy Book III] eBook by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)

Last book of the Winston Trilogy, preceded by "One Just Man" and "Elohim - Masters and Minions"...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.