“The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo is a big, beautiful book, filled with gorgeous reproductions of the visionary art of curandero (Ayahuasca healer) and artist Pablo Amaringo. . . For those who have never experienced Ayahuasca, this book provides a deep and powerful look into its visionary realm. For those who have, it offers an expansion and validation of the truth of their own journeys.” (Robert Simmons, MetaGuide Magazines, September 2011)
“. . . the magic of this book for me was the large beautifully printed full page paintings, which take up the main part of the book, each accompanied by Pablo’s own commentary, guiding us around the symbolism and the story of each image. Reading these commentaries is a rich fest of folklore and sacred learning and I was transported into the whole sensory presence of the rainforest seeing it, hearing it, smelling it, through this remarkable man’s experiences and his vibrant paintings!” (Faith Nolton, Sacred Hoop Magazine, September 2011)
“Many of the stories behind the visionary art hit deep feelings of truth that could never be put into words without the art to guide you. Living in a three dimensional world creates a bias that’s difficult to escape without the help of hallucinogenics, and to sit and read and look at the many beautiful pieces of art brought me right back to those hidden dimensions that typically lie just beyond our everyday perception.” (Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, November 2012)
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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.
Illustrating the evolution of his intricate and colorful art, this book contains 48 full-color reproductions of Amaringo’s latest works with detailed explorations of the rich Amazonian mythology underlying each painting. Through their longstanding relationship with Amaringo, coauthors Charing and Cloudsley are able to share the personal stories behind his visions and experiences with Amazonian people and folklore, capturing Amaringo’s powerful ecological and spiritual message through his art and words. With contributions by Graham Hancock, Jeremy Narby, Robert Venosa, Dennis McKenna, Stephan Beyer, and Jan Kounen, this book brings the ayahuasca experience to life as we travel on Amaringo’s visionary brush and palette.
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. HOWARD G. CHARING is a director of the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism in London and the coauthor of Plant Spirit Shamanism. PETER CLOUDSLEY is a musicologist, writer, and the founder of the Amazon Retreat Centre in Peru.