An Ayahuasca medicine Healing center and Maloca in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest in a jungle clearing at dusk near Iquitos
Contributor:Brian Van Tighem / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5700 x 3800 px | 48.3 x 32.2 cm | 19 x 12.7 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:23 April 2016
Location:Amazon Rainforest, Iquitos, Nauta, Maynas, Loreto, Peru, South America
An Ayahuasca Healing center in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest in a jungle clearing at dusk. The tallest building is the Maloca (Maloka), which is used for traditional ayahuasca medicine ceremonies in the Shipibo Conibo Amazonian tradition of shamanism or curanderismo. Patients come to Peru for treatment of mental physical and spiritual diseases that western medicine cannot treat, but the indigenous vegetalistas and shamans use their ancestral plant medicine practices based around the hallucinogenic and visionary brew also known as yage, made from two plants; the ayahuasca vine banisteriopsis Caapi and a bush called chacruna or psychotria viridis. Shipibo medicine and culture is growing in international popularity as something of a phenomenon, where healing miracles are commonplace, as well as the notions of sorcery and brujeria. Inkan Kena is a healing center in the jungle between Iquitos and Nauta, and is run by a family of curanderos with an extensive lineage of plant based shamanism.