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Ayahuasca Icaros of the Shipibo


Shipibo Geometric Designs

Shipibo Geometric Designs
Photo by Howard G Charing

Ícaro: The word ícaro comes from the Quechua word icarai, meaning “to blow.” Ícaros are magical chants that are sung or whistled by shamans during Ayahuasca ceremonies. There are several kinds of ícaros. At the beginning of a ceremony their purpose is to provoke the mareación or visionary trance state, and to render the mind more susceptible for visions to penetrate. The shaman on his plant diet learns the ícaros directly from the plant spirits.

Ícaros have great power and influence on the visionary experience of people drinking ayahuasca in a ceremony. Pablo Amaringo also regarded the ícaro as the sound of the universe—the planets, stars, comets,and supernovas. He said that everything is created by music, by vibration, by sound. Ícaros are the music of creation (source: The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo).

On a personal note, I recall one night time Ayahuasca ceremony in the 1990’s with a Shipibo Shaman (Mateus Castro), held in a small clearing in the Amazon rainforest. It was a beautiful clear night, there was no moon, and the sky was filled with hundreds of thousands of glistening stars; just looking up at the sky made my head swim. We were surrounded by trees and bushes, but could only discern their shapes and silhouettes. It felt as if I was in nature’s primordial theatre. When I had drank the Ayahuasca, the shaman started to chant his Icaros, and within a few minutes, there was the song of birds, fireflies flitting everywhere, the jungle around us was responding to the chants of the shaman. It was an exquisite experience, and the following day, when I discussed the opening experience, with the birds and insects appearing when he sang the first Icaro, he replied, “the first chant was to summon and ask the birds, and the insects for their protection”.

Shipibo Geometric Designs

Shipibo Geometric Designs
photo: Howard G Charing

There are several different kinds of icaros, at the beginning of the session. Their purpose is to invoke the mareacion or effects, other Icaros call the spirit of Ayahuasca to open visions ‘as though exposing the optic nerve to light’.

There are icaros for calling the ‘doctors’, or plant spirits, for healing, while other icaros call animal spirits, which protect and rid patients of spells. Healing icaros may be for specific conditions like ‘manchare’ which a child may suffer when it gets a fright.

The arts of the Shipibo, especially textile designs, are closely related to Ayahuasca icaros. The words of the chants are symbolic stories telling of the ability of nature to heal itself. For example the crystalline waters from a stream wash, cleanse, and purify a person who is unwell, while coloured flowers attract the hummingbirds whose delicate wings fan healing energies.

CONTINUE READING: THE AYAHUASCA ICAROS OF THE SHIPIBO AND LISTEN TO THEIR ICAROS

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The Living Inca Heritage


The Living Inca Heritage by Peter Cloudsley

The Living Inca Heritage by Peter Cloudsley: Published in Geographical Magazine. 

INCA and pre-Inca cultures are generally assigned to the realms of history,incarnate only in Machu Picchu and other famous sites. Yet the Peruvian Indians have doggedly preserved some of the ritual beliefs of their ancestors through fiestas, in spite of attempts to suppress them by colonial and religious authorities.

Peter Cloudsley is carrying out research for the Museum of Mankind on Andean musical traditions in southern Peru and the expedition on which this article is based was funded in part by the Emslie Horniman Anthroplogical Scholarship Fund and the Rivendell Trust.

Peter Cloudsley is a musicologist and writer who, since 1980, has created an archive of traditional music and interviews in Peru and collected for the British Museum. He published A Survey of Music in Peru in 1993, and two CDs: Fiesta Music from Peru (2000) and Shamans of Peru (2002). He established the Amazon Retreat Centre in Mishana in 2004.Co-Author of The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo (2011) published by Inner Traditions.

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Shamans of Peru – Photo Gallery


Artidoro - Amazonian Shamanbanjos florales (floral bath) with javier arevalo& howardg charingShipibo shaman Benjamin and Mestizo shaman RolandoShipibo Shaman Benjamin Ochavano, preparing AyahuascaSan Pedro shaman Don Leopoldo at ritual MesaDoris Rivera Lenz at Ofrenda ceremony
Doris Rivera Lenz with coca at ofrenda ceremonyGuillermo Arevalo - Shipibo ShamanEnrique Lopez - Shipibo ShamanJavier Arevalo & Howard G CharingShipibo Ayahuasca Shaman - Leoncio GarciaJuan Navarro San Pedro, "cactus of vision", shaman with healing Mesa
Las Huaringas Maestro Shaman, "cactus of Vision", Juan Navarro and sonenrique brewing ayahuascajavier_arevalo_with backdropMariano - Huitoto Ayahuasca Shamandon_leopoldoMestizo Shaman Rolando with medicinal plants
shaman Wilson MontezGuilermo ArevaloHuitoto shaman with coca bushhuitoto shaman with howardShaman Artidoro at MishanaShaman Artidoro showing ant nest with floripondo

Shamans of Peru, a set on Flickr.

A Photo Gallery of some of the Peruvian Shamans that we have worked with over the years.

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Love, Magic, and the Vine of the Soul – Interview With Amazonian Shaman Javier Arevalo


An interview titled ‘Love, Magic, and the Vine of the Soul’. Amazonian shaman Javier Arevalo interviewed by Howard g Charing, and Peter Cloudsley. This article first appeared in Sacred Hoop Magazine issue 36 in 2002

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The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo – Encanto Rumi


This stone is forged in space and brought down to earth when summoned by the sumiruna (the highest grade of shaman) for initiating his disciples in voyaging to other galaxies. The sumirunas below are learning how to receive spiritual fire and how to withstand extreme conditions which they will experience on their lone voyages.

The eagle represents the sublime beauty of the stone, the jaguar its magnetic power and the bull its soul. Above you see the puya runas (cloud people) and the guacamayo runa: people with the head of a guacamayo and the body of a man.


Encanto Rumi  is featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’  published by Inner Traditions 2011. Authors Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley.

Visit the website of the book for articles and interviews with Pablo Amaringo, also photo galleries and see the paintings with summary narratives.

http://www.ayahuascavisions.com

To purchase high quality fine art reproductions of the paintings visit our store at;

http://www.ayahuasca_visions.imagekind.com

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo by Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley

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The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo – Ondas de la Ayahuasca


The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo

Ondas de la Ayahuasca – Waves of Ayahuasca

At the top of the picture the sun radiates brilliant waves. As the source of all life on earth, the sun represents the blessings of the divine celestial pattern, the ultimate source of all life in the universe which we call God.

Ayahuasca is one of the most remarkable gifts from the plant realm as it contains chemicals identical to the neurotransmitters found in the human brain. When you drink ayahuasca the sensory neurons which transmit messages inside the brain are enhanced so that a person can receive wisdom and knowledge. The shamans in the ceremony are curing a man suffering from mental illness caused by an imbalance in his pituitary gland and hypothalamus.


Ondas de La Ayahuasca by Pablo Amaringo painting is featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’  published by Inner Traditions 2011. Authors Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley.

Visit the website of the book for articles and interviews with Pablo Amaringo, also photo galleries and see the paintings with summary narratives.

http://www.ayahuascavisions.com

To acquire high quality fine art reproductions of the paintings visit our store at;

http://www.ayahuasca_visions.imagekind.com

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo by Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley

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The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo – El Principio de la Vida


El Principio de la Vida – The Principle or Beginning of Life

Summary narrative

This painting explores the mystical beginning of life which can be accessed through drinking ayahuasca. The upper portion of the painting signifies that life exists throughout the cosmos. Universes inside universes, stars and celestial bodies; life has always existed therefore it must continue, it is eternal.

 

El Principio de la Vida by Pablo Amaringo painting featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’  published by Inner Traditions 2011. Authors Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley.

 

Visit the website of the book for articles and interviews with Pablo Amaringo, also photo galleries and see the paintings with summary narratives.

http://www.ayahuascavisions.com

To acquire high quality fine art reproductions of the paintings visit our store at;

http://www.ayahuasca_visions.imagekind.com

 

 

 

 

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo by Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shamanic Illuminations – Work by Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey. and Mieshiel at the ACA Gallery



		

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Shamanic Illuminations
The Art of Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey and Mieshiel
September 15 through October 22
Opening Reception and Book Signing
Thursday, September 15 - 5-8 pm
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