Despacho ceremony is a beautiful and ancient ceremony performed throughout Peru.  In a Despacho ceremony, the shaman constructs an offering of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). Prayers of gratitude or request are placed in the offering. Prayers are then "dispatched" to the Guides and Spirits when the offering is burned by the shaman.

Despacho ceremony is a beautiful and ancient ceremony performed throughout Peru. In a Despacho ceremony, the shaman constructs an offering of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). Prayers of gratitude or request are placed in the offering. Prayers are then "dispatched" to the Guides and Spirits when the offering is burned by the shaman.

Mapuche Machi is a shaman in the Mapuche culture, Chile in South America; and is also an important character and the Mapuche mythology.

Mapuche Machi is a shaman in the Mapuche culture, Chile in South America; and is also an important character and the Mapuche mythology.

El lenguaje de la machi cuando entra en trance es semejante al onírico: “se produce en diversos planos y saltos abruptos, con la aparición de figuras míticas”, mezclándose elementos aparentemente inconexos . Los mapuches son grandes estudiosos de los sueños (peuma), siempre interpretados como mensajes provenientes de los pillanes del Wenu Mapu;

El lenguaje de la machi cuando entra en trance es semejante al onírico: “se produce en diversos planos y saltos abruptos, con la aparición de figuras míticas”, mezclándose elementos aparentemente inconexos . Los mapuches son grandes estudiosos de los sueños (peuma), siempre interpretados como mensajes provenientes de los pillanes del Wenu Mapu;

Los secretos que encierra el Calendario Mapuche explicados en una infografía

Los secretos que encierra el Calendario Mapuche explicados en una infografía

Photograph by Louis C. Faron. A female machi (mapuche shaman) has ascended her rewe or notched pole.

Photograph by Louis C. Faron. A female machi (mapuche shaman) has ascended her rewe or notched pole.

The Q´ero Inca Shamans in Cuzco, Peru  (be still my heart, I have traveled with Peruvian Shamans)

The Q´ero Inca Shamans in Cuzco, Peru (be still my heart, I have traveled with Peruvian Shamans)

Despacho Ceremony in Peru:

Despacho Ceremony in Peru:

Chumpi Stone(s) -  used by the Shamans and healers of Peru in healing practices, to initiate or give lineage rites and to connect to the Apus (mountains).

Chumpi Stone(s) - used by the Shamans and healers of Peru in healing practices, to initiate or give lineage rites and to connect to the Apus (mountains).

Q’ero peoples, I experienced their Andean mountain existence of 15,000 feet. It is high up, cold and intense. The moment I stepped foot into our first camp at 10,000 feet I could feel the emotions welling up inside of me, connecting me to an ancient land where only tenacious people could survive.

Cher is back on the charts with ‘Woman’s World’

Q’ero peoples, I experienced their Andean mountain existence of 15,000 feet. It is high up, cold and intense. The moment I stepped foot into our first camp at 10,000 feet I could feel the emotions welling up inside of me, connecting me to an ancient land where only tenacious people could survive.

Mesa or Medicine Bundle used by the Q'uero in ceremony.

Mesa or Medicine Bundle used by the Q'uero in ceremony.

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