From time to time a shaman needs to rehearse his icaros so he will not forget them when healing. Vuelan versucum, which means ‘songs which fly’, is a solitary practice requiring a free day so that he can become fully conversant with his icaros.
Performing this ceremony is a sumiruna at the bottom left, a muraya at the bottom right, and banco sumi above. Each one is bathing in the eternal fire while celestial beings charge their pipes with healing energy. The shaman imparts this energy to his patients when healing with tobacco smoke.
Details of original Size: 57cm X 77cm / 22.4' X 30.3' 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.