The renaco tree (Ficus trigona) you see growing here by a water fall is guarded over by napeas or nymphs looking like mermaids. The renaco is their temple, palace and sanctuary, where they dance and sing enchanting icaros of the matico plant, for example, which shamans use to craft shacapas or fans which they shake like rattles to accompany their icaros.
In the ayahuasca ceremony below, the maestro is smoking mapacho to intensify the mareación, or visionary effects of ayahuasca. This is shown by the radiant electromagnetic patterns around them.
Details of original Size: 54cm X 61cm / 21.3' X 24.0' 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.