Traditional medicine of Bolivia
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Echinopsis pachanoi or San Pedro is a fast-growing columnar cactus belonging to the genus Echinopsis. It grows mainly in mountainous areas of Peru at a height of two to three thousand meters, you can find it in Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. For three thousand years this cactus is widely used as a folk remedy and integral part of shamanic practices.
Cactus in the Indian culture
The oldest evidence indicates the use of this cactus is about three and a half thousand years. Ancient Indian carved stone figures of their shamans, with cactus San Pedro in his hands. Usually the image octosporus carved figures of sacred animals to Indians. Cacti San Pedro painted on pottery used for rituals.
Nowadays wizards of the Indian tribes every year make a pilgrimage to the place where grows this cactus. According to ancient beliefs, if in a place where cactus grows to repent of all their sins, the plants will forever change the lives and consciousness of man.
The use of cactus in ceremonies
The cactus usually buy in the market. To prepare for use, cut into pieces and boiled for seven hours. You can use ready broth separately, but usually in combination with other herbal drinks, boiled from plants with psychoactive properties varying intensity.
By tradition, all the ceremony associated with implementing this cactus holds the tribe’s shaman. On the altar of the shaman are special tools that help him to focus spiritual energy. The most important thing is to position these tools.
The altar itself is usually divided into three parts:
left refers to death;
right to life;
the Central part of neutral, it means the balance of power.
The left part of the altar – place, where you can see the root causes of disease or misfortune that and people come to shamans. Here usually have things of their ancestors. The right side of the altar – the Kingdom of God, here are the icons, Holy water and other sacred objects. In the middle of the altar is some personal thing came with a request of a person and is always present solar symbols.
The peculiarity of the ceremony is in the fact that it should be carried out only at night and consists of two parts – spiritual purification before the ritual, and the ritual itself.
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