Description Sinchi Puca LupunaThe puca lupuna (Cavanillesia umbellata) is the most formidable tree that a palero apprentice can work with. After a lengthy journey beset with trials, he reaches the splendid palaces and temples above made from precious stones and crystals. He must be well prepared for the strict diet required by this palo which will test his resilience and character. If he fails he could lose his sanity, or even face death.The Mother of this tree does not distinguish between good and evil, thus both curanderos and hechiceros can learn to heal or to harm. A sorcerer learns to murder without any qualm, and can kill his own father or son without feeling shame. A curandero on the other hand, can learn to heal this kind of sorcery. On the right edge of the picture is the Mother of the puca lupuna which is the great temple of alquimia palistica.
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.