Sumac means beautiful in Quechua. Shamans sing sumac icaros to call malign spirits to discover the cause of the sickness of their patient. These spirits or tunchis, can be seen in the painting in their white shrouds with red eyed supay tuyuyos (Jabiru Storks). Tuyuyos are used by sorcerers for evil purposes so should never be eaten as they can make you evil and savage when angered.
When the sumac icaro is sung in ceremonies it brings visions of palaces, pagodas and temples, and touches the hearts and minds of everyone.
Details of original Size: 40cm X 50cm / 15.7' X 19.7' 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.