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The Sierra of waters and spirits. Meeting the shamans, the custodians of Andean cults

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Mario Polia

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CSRL, Mario Polia, Adriano Favaro

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On the northern Peruvian sierra, a cult associated with water and the legendary snake Amaru, a provider of rain, has therapeutic and oracular characteristics derived from the Jíbaro people’s vision of the cosmos. They are convinced that the soul dwells near waterfalls and lakes. Similarly, in the myths of the north, the therapeutic properties of the Andean lakes are based on the presence of demiurge-ancestors, incas reyes, who infused their power in the lakes and made food-bearing plants and the sacred plant of the vision rise
up from the waters: the achuma or San Pedro cactus.

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