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!