Ooo eee, ooo ah ah, ting tang
Walla walla bing bang
This is the (Witch Doctor/Medicine Man) Shaman.
Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world
we met him at the Botanical Garden in the Amazon
we're under a huge banana leaf tent
first he showed us all the herbs, roots and plants he uses to make medicinal products.
A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing
Now he's gonna work his magic on several of the group
He smokes 'something' (heaven only knows what!!), blows the smoke into the leaves around Alex' head while he loudly chants and shakes the leaves all around his head.
Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul.
I was kinda hoping for a touch up with all that hair touching going on ..(after all, it'd been 4 weeks since my last touch up and I had lotsa grey showing)...but alas.....I got smoke & leaves instead !!
Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness.
Frankly I'd have rather had a massage !! But, we were good sports about it. Reiko (L) was so 'into it' she assumed the "Ohm" position...as did Mike and Joan.
Shamans are normally "called" by dreams or signs which require lengthy training. However, shamanic powers may be "inherited". He explained to us that he is the last in his family of Shamans who has remained interested & continues to practice. His children are leaning to more 21st century routes and have not shown any interest in practicing his art.
when he completes the chant he places some lovely smelling essencial oils on your hand and asks you to apply them your face too.
The shaman must become sick in order to understand sickness. When the shaman overcomes her or his own sickness s/he will hold the cure to heal all that suffer. He told us about the time when he was learning about the plants and he had to take an hallucenogenic.
He went into lots of detail about what he saw 'while under' and how it went from good to bad followed by vomiting and diarrhea. Too much information if you ask me !!! LOL
so...after we did the Ooo eee, ooo ah ah, ting tang
Walla walla bing bang thing we moved on to visit a friend of our guide.
His friend made his own moonshine and served all types of strange alcoholic drinks.....this is when I reminded myself that I'm so glad I dont drink!! Altho nothing was of the hallucinogenic nature.
And he had art to buy...that he'd carved himself
we were a captive audience.
as you can see...all of these people live with a lot of mud, debris, chickens and other animals.
but soon it was time to say bye bye and move on to another village
this next village was fascinating, the children were precious and adorable and they treated us to a show.
Just an FYI...the villagers don't normally dress like this....this was 'for us'.
Now, check this out...see the TV to the left....this home (mud and all) had a satellite dish.
The Slouth was adorable and extremely friendly
they did a special ceremonial dance for us.
all the children look after the other children.
they hand carve their own boats...what an art
but, frankly, I'd never seen so much mud before...and remember, they ALL walk barefoot...babies, infants, everyone...everywhere.
now we're about to get a blow gun demo
and we say bye bye....
we see giant lily pads
and the porcupine tree
and trees that make sounds like drums when you beat them
.....and the journey continues