Medicinal and Shamanic Plants of Peru, a set on Flickr.
I’ve been adding more photos from the archives.
Coca (Erythroxylon coca). Products made from coca leaf in Peru.
The Incas regarded coca as ‘the divine plant’ mainly because of its property of imparting endurance, nevertheless its use was entwined with every aspect of life; the art, mythology, culture and economy of the Inca Empire.
Millions of Indians have chewed coca on a daily basis for many hundreds of years, yet never has a plant been so misrepresented and its use so controlled by prejudice and ignorance, including up to the present day. The Conquistadors considered it an idle and offensive habit to be prohibited, but it was soon seen that the Indians could not work without coca even when forced to do so.
Ayahuasca Shaman – Artidoro Aro Cardenas Interviewed By Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley (2003)
This interview has been revised to include plant classification names.
An extract from this interview appeared in the book Plant Spirit Shamanism (Destiny Books USA).
Inner Traditions have posted a preview copy of the book on Scribd. It’s also available now as an ebook.
Pablo Amaringo wrote an inspirational foreword to the book, a link to that is here;