In ancient times shamans and fortune tellers wore necklaces of precious stones, and the kings and priests of ancient Persia and Babylonia believed in their divinity.
The magnificent bejewelled sachamama (Mother of the forest) represents the mineral origin of life on Earth. At the top left a sumiruna holds a lustrous encanto (magical stone) which radiates incandescent light for healing deadly diseases.
To the right is a lobo marino (sea lion), a yangunturo (giant armadillo), a bufeo colorado (pink dolphin), a Scarlet Macaw, and an anguilamama (electric eel). These animals carry stones inside their stomachs for digestion.
Details of original Size: 57cm X 76cm / 22.4' X 30.0' Gouache on Arches paper
Pablo Amaringo Member Since November 2010 Artist StatementPablo Amaringo
Recognized as one of the world’s great visionary artists, Pablo Amaringo was renowned for his intricate, colorful paintings inspired by his shamanic visions. A master communicator of the ayahuasca experience--where snakes, jaguars, subterranean beings, celestial palaces, aliens, and spacecraft all converge--Amaringo’s art presents a doorway to the transcendent worlds of ayahuasca intended for contemplation, meditation, and inspiration.
Pablo Amaringo (1938-2009) trained as a curandero in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but retired in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at his Usko-Ayar school in Pucullpa, Peru. The author of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, his art has been displayed throughout the world.
The new book; The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo, published in April 2011 by Inner Traditions features 48 never before published paintings, by Howard G. Charing and Peter Cloudsley.