Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman
by Luis Eduardo Luna and Peter César Amaringo.
The mythologies and cosmology of Amazonian shamanism materialize in fantastic color and style in this unique publication of outstanding paintings of ayahuasca visions by native shaman Pablo César Amaringo, in collaboration with anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.
Pablo César Amaringo practiced for many years as a healer in the Peruvian Amazon. Today he paints the visions he remembers from his shamanic practice and teaches young people to paint as director of the USKO-AYAR Amazonian School of Painting in Pucallpa, an art school he co-founded with Luis Eduardo Luna in 1988, where local youth are educated in the care and preservation of the Amazon ecosystem. During the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (June 1992), Pablo Amaringo was elected to the Global 500 Roll of Honor of the United Nations Environmental Program in recognition of outstanding practical achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment through the USKO-AYAR school.
“This is a fascinating and authoritative work about a South American native shaman and his conceptual world. The author (Luis Eduardo Luna), who is a reputed expert both on the psychotropic plants that provoke shamanic ecstatic experiences and on the nature of these experiences — he has himself taken part in many of them — has for years lived with these shamans and knows them thoroughly. As a specialist in comparative religion as well, he gives us excellent insights into Indian and Mestizo religious belief systems.”
—Ake Hultkrantz, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, Stockholm University