About a month ago I was fortunate enough to be able to travel into the rain forest of the upper Amazonian valley in Peru. Some of you may remember that I have already written about the experience. It was a profound encounter with an almost untouched nature and not the least the people living in the rain forest.
I visited a shamanistic centre and it was tremendously gratifying to see the knowledge about the living plants and animals that the people possessed. They could say what any of the plants may be used for, what they were healthy for and which to avoid. The people had the same profound understanding about the animals living in the rain forest. Interestingly enough their knowledge about the plants is supposed to be given to them through the use of a tree called ayahuasca. It’s a hallucinogenic plant and it’s when they enter this other world by taking ayahuasca they are told about the plants and their uses.
The shamanistic centre was a undisturbed retreat attracting people from all over the world. As quite a few of you have asked for my pictures from the trip, I post few more here. If you haven’t already seen the others I have posted on the blog, you can see them in the post Back from the Jungle.