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The Sublime Sounds of the Rainforest


‘Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream”

Sounds of the Rainforest: The Amazon Rainforest when the sun sets;  the jungle becomes alive with a rich tapestry of sounds. If you listen carefully you can hear in the background Ayahuasca Icaros being chanted by Shipibo Shaman Enrique Lopez during an Ayahuasca Ceremony. Recorded 2008 Part 1

Sounds of the Rainforest: The Amazon Rainforest when the sun sets; the jungle becomes alive with a rich tapestry of sounds. Recorded 2008 in Mishana Part 2

My perfect jungle palace

Perfection - my Jungle Palace!

Picture Gallery of Mishana on Flickr

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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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Various Artists | Shamans of Peru | Downloadable on the Web


Shamans of Peru: Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, & Music CD Cover

Various Artists | Shamans of Peru | CD Baby.

The haunting, plaintive music of Peruvian shamans was recorded at ceremonies in the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon rainforest.

The chants and icaros have an organic relationship to the medicine plants, and are primarily intended as devotional music for a ceremony. It is equally possible to listen to the hypnotically beautiful sounds in their own right and simply enjoy them for their otherworldly beauty.

The CD contains chants and dramatic effects of six different ceremonies with shamans. . Two ceremonies with San Pedro maestros working in the atmospheric ruins of Puruchucu; two ayahuasca shamans, a man and a woman, in separate sessions working in a jungle temple on the River Momon, outside Iquitos; a Shipibo shaman working in Yarinacocha, outside Pucullpa; and lastly, a despacho in the ruins of Pisaq, Cusco. In addition there are three tracks of atmospheric music played on pre‐Colombian instruments.

Download link for Shamans of Peru CD

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Shamans of Peru – Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, and Music CD


Shamans of Peru, Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, & Music

The haunting, plaintive music of Peruvian shamans was recorded at ceremonies in the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon rainforest.

The chants and icaros have an organic relationship to the medicine plants, and are primarily intended as devotional music for a ceremony. It is equally possible to listen to the hypnotically beautiful sounds in their own right and simply enjoy them for their otherworldly beauty.

The CD contains chants and dramatic effects of six different ceremonies with shamans. . Two ceremonies with San Pedro maestros working in the atmospheric ruins of Puruchucu; two ayahuasca shamans, a man and a woman, in separate sessions working in a jungle temple on the River Momon, outside Iquitos; a Shipibo shaman working in Yarinacocha, outside Pucullpa; and lastly, a despacho in the ruins of Pisaq, Cusco. In addition there are three tracks of atmospheric music played on pre‐Colombian instruments.

PURCHASE THE SHAMANS OF PERU CD

Download from the Web US $9.99

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shamansofperu

To order the physical CD:

£12 inclusive of postage for UK

US$ 21 inclusive of Postage USA

15 Euro inclusive of Postage Europe

Order from Howard G. Charing

Order via email: shamanism@yahoo.com

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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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Interviews with Shipibo Ayahuasca Shamans – Part 1


Interviews with three Shipibo Shamans, Benjamin Ochavano, Leoncio Garcia, and Enrique Lopez by Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley

Leoncio Garcia - Shipibo Shaman

Enrique Lopez - Shipibo ShamanLeoncio Garcia - Shipibo Shaman

Benjamin Ochavano preparing Ayahuasca

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Ayahuasca Shaman, and Mystic – Alonso del Rio


Ayahuasca shaman and Mystic - Alonso del Rio

Ayahuasca shaman and Mystic - Alonso del Rio

Alonso del Rio is a powerful maestro who interweaves Shipibo and other icaros with sacred music of his own to lead you on your journey; he is both a talented musician and an inspiring communicator of the Amazonian shamanic world. He first came into contact with ayahuasca in 1979 after spending three years working with huachuma (San Pedro). This was when he met Don Benito Arevalo (the father of Guillermo Arevalo), a grand Shipibo shaman with whom he developed a long relationship, and who gave him his first teachings in ayahuasca and other medicinal plants.

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