Description Caspi Shungu - Corazn del Arbol (Heart of the Tree)In this painting, we see the spirits materialising into earthly existence through the puca lupuna tree which is a threshold between the two worlds. Sometimes animal spirits appear human and can procreate with women. Two shamans sit at the foot of a puca lupuna tree smoking their pipes. They chant the icaro of the tree to liberate diverse spirits through the shungu or heart of the tree. You see the sachavaca (tapir), sapo (frog), lagartos (lizards) and the unicornio dorado (golden unicorn) which represents the source waters of life: water that preserves life and which we drink.
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.