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"Publication of these outstanding paintings of ayahuasca visions experienced by a native medicine man, Pablo Amaringo, and interpreted by the distinguished anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna permits us to understand the unworldly psychic effects of the ‘vine of the soul.’"
-Professor Richard Schultes, Director, Botanical Museum of Harvard University

"Pablo Amaringo and Luis Eduardo Luna are to be congratulated for their collaboration. It has yielded a book that is both beautiful and sure to be an enduring contribution to the ethnography and art history of shamanism. The visions and vanishing lifestyles of the ayahuasqueros of Amazons are presented with wonderful integrity and sensitivity.”
-Terence McKenna, author of The Invisible Landscape (with Dennis McKenna) and True Hallucinations

About the Author

Peter 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 teachers young people to paint as director of the USKO-AYAR Amazonian School of Painting in Pucallpa, an art school he cofounded with Luis Eduardo Luna in 1988, where local youth are educated in the care and preservation of the Amazon ecosystem.

Luis Eduardo Luna was born and raised in the Colombian Amazon region. He earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Comparative Religion of Stockholm University. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. The author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki since 1979 and since 1986 an Associate of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; First Edition edition (April 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433115
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Along with Schultes' and Raffauf's Vine of the Soul, this is one of the best books on ayahuasca ever written. Luis Eduardo Luna is one of the world's leading authorities on this intriguing subject and Pablo Amaringo is equally knowledgeable. A treasure trove of info and art for anyone interested in art, the Amazon, and shamanism-
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I have tried time and again to pick up this book and read the text in sequence, but the full-page color plates of Pablo Amaringo's paintings always pull me away from the text and into the world of shamans, angels, devils, serpents, jungle cats, mermaids, and aliens. I've read a lot of the text, but usually I have done so in search of an explanation for the images in specific paintings.
My first ayahuasca experiences were under the guidance of Luis Eduardo Luna. His knowledge of plant lore, chemistry, shamanism, and human nature is awe-inspiring, and I do want to read his words, but the pull of Pablo Amaringo's images has been too strong for me to resist thus far. I'm glad to have this book on my shelf because whenever someone asks me about ayahuasca, I know that I can place this book in their hands and the images will capture their imagination and make them hungry to learn more.
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By A Customer on August 15, 1999
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If you wish a clear, objective overview of shamanic worldview, this book is outstanding. The introduction alone (which is all I have read so far) is worth a great deal. Without being dressed up in obscurities, there is much to learn here.
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The best of the best. If you ever wanted to know what it "looks" like to take a real "trip" on the DMT Queen of the jungle. The visual imagery is very much like the real thing, only a little clearer. It is sort of a best of the trips synopsis without all the trouble of getting down to South America. And even better, in my opinion, is Edwardo Luna's commentary on what these visions may mean in both a cultural and scientific context. He is of course an anthropologist who has taken many trips to try and understand them. Highly recommended for anyone thinking about learning more either with or without entheogens.
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My husband went to Peru, and he met this artist. I was impressed by the amazing and meanful pictures in the book. A must have if you are trying to create awareness of what is really happening in the cosmo.
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I'm very grateful for the work of Pablo Amaringo, there is so much more to heaven and earth and what many humans will ever know, Pablo Amaringo is one of those rare humans that has brought to us a very ancient knowledge through his art.
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I first saw the artists work while reading Graham Hancocks "Supernatural". It was amazing and led me to other readings. Eventually I used the artists style and applied it to a w40k mural I was painting at a local store. Far from a simple collage of ayahuasca induced images,each painting has deep meaning. When I ordered this book I was sad to find out the artist had passed in 1997.If you paint,draw,or are interested in the deeper ayahuasca lore,this book is a must have for you.I really wanted the hardback but not enough to pay $600 for it.
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