On the one hand, plants and herbs are the basis of all life on this planet, therefore, it is not uncommon to think that they are the formulas to preserve the life they have given us. From herbs and plants all our food is extracted, or the food of our food for other types of diets, as well as the basis and / or inspiration for the creation of all chemicals and pills, to which we are accustomed to resort in the cities in case of some discomfort. The plants, in their complexity and wonder, hide the secrets of life and for those who know how to read them, the books of healing are opened.
On the other, ritual medicine or symbolic medicine, can be seen from the scientific prism associated with the sciences of psychology, seeking through the symbolization, in gestures and acts, the liberation of the psycho-corporal “knots” that are generating discomfort or illness. This practice has a much richer reading from the spiritual path, which has as its premise a visible world made up of matter and also by invisible forces that coexist simultaneously with us and those that affect all the manifestations of life. It is here where ritual medicine takes vital importance, given that, according to the ancestral cultures of the jungle, it is through the chants and ceremonies that portals are opened for both worlds to dialogue and return the balance sheets.
Under the ancestral worldview, disease occurs when there is an imbalance in nature or forces that haunt the body or the environment that one inhabits. Also when the patient looks helpless, if the body and soul of the person do not work at a given time as a single will to be and to do. Therefore, if someone transgresses the laws of nature, he suffers the consequences of what he has caused: physical and spiritual illness.
One of the most striking and captivating concepts of recent times among the spheres of spirituality and global self-knowledge has been the term “Shaman”. This term is used as an umbrella to bring together a series of characters and actors from various societies, making reference both to sorcerers, healers, healers and many other roles from ancestral cultures and the corners of nature. Remote term and without room within the pragmatic magnifying glasses of civilization. The grouping use of this term has been criticized by many sectors of anthropologists given that it entails a broad summary of the different roles, attributions and cultures that handle ancestral medicines, as is the case of the Anangu culture, that do not have a shaman in their community, but they count in their communities with an old and wise woman that they call Sacha Warmi, who possesses the knowledge of the jungle medicines.
However, however many differences exist between the names, types of healing or powers, these characters, healers and guardians of the portals into the unknown, exist in many of the ancestral societies of the Amazon, always having roles of high importance and hierarchy within of their communities, being these in their community who advise the decisions of the leaders according to their visions and their communication with nature. Countless are the myths and legends around these powerful characters, who in their songs and dances say that they are the doors between the spiritual world and the material world.
Unlike western medicine, the curandero (healer) who works with herbs, works preventively, taking care of your community to get diseases or imbalances and are attentive keeping them strong against evils. While, in the “civilized” health systems, all efforts have been made to offer, through restricted markets, solutions to the declared diseases, for once these have already been acquired by our community, this begins to serve.
Given this reality, it is that at Napo Cultural Center we are concerned about being the channel so that the roads can be opened from the city to these old-new types of healing. May the blessing of wisdom and nature never be more alien to people or to life.
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