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.
ABOUT: THE AYAHUASCA VISIONS OF PABLO AMARINGO
Illustrating the evolution of his intricate and colorful art, this book contains 48 full-color reproductions of Amaringo’s latest works with detailed explorations of the rich Amazonian mythology underlying each painting. Through their longstanding relationship with Amaringo, coauthors Charing and Cloudsley are able to share the personal stories behind his visions and experiences with Amazonian people and folklore, capturing Amaringo’s powerful ecological and spiritual message through his art and words.
With contributions by Graham Hancock, Jeremy Narby, Robert Venosa, Dennis McKenna, Stephan Beyer, and Jan Kounen, this book brings the ayahuasca experience to life as we travel on Amaringo’s visionary brush and palette.
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