This picture is about how a shaman heals people by transforming his head into the head of an animal. The secret of this practice is that the maestro learns to think like the animal and share its instincts. If he is a giant armadillo for example, as seen at the top, which has armoured scales to shield it from harm, a shaman can perform soplos with the power of this animal to enable a person to fall from a high tree without injury. To do this the shaman must chant its icaro and experience the animals hypnotism, concentration and instinct.
Details of original Size: 51cm X 64cm / 20.1' X 25.2' 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.