Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Adios Don Pablo!

Sad to announce that the great shaman painter Pablo Amaringo died yesterday in the Regional Hospital of Pucallpa (Peru) after several weeks of illness. Don Pablo had picked up a severe infection after returning from Lima.
He was born in 1934 in the village of Puerto Libertad and in 1970 he became a renowned shaman. During a period of six years (1970/76) he cured thousands of people using the sacred brew ayahuasca. After giving up with applied shamanism, in 1985 he undertook a successfull career as a painter, thanks to the input of Dennis McKenna and Luis Eduardo Luna.
In 1999, together with the Colombian anthropologist Luis Luna, Amaringo published the beautiful book Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, that gathers together and explains his colourful and incredibly detailed paintings, inspired by his ceremonies with the Amazonian entheogenic vine.
Thanks Don Pablo, we'll miss you!


maurizio said...


Moonlight said...

I loved Pablo and his astounding paintings. Thanks to him I refined my art works and began to be interested in shamanism and plant-teachers...