Wachuma – the seven gifts of Puma

Wachuma ceremony, riverside Calca When we leave, early in the morning, we are escorted by five dogs. Two of them are ours, the other three are street dogs. It’s like walking with a pack of wolves. We feel safe, invigorated and proud. Jumping in a taxi to Calca we have … Lees meer

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In search of the mother's breast

My boyfriend has been trying to quit smoking for years. Every failed attempt leads to renewed contemplation about the cause of his addiction. ‘I think it’s because I was never breastfed’, he suggests. That’s a new one. ‘Smoking is a substitute for the instant satisfaction a baby experiences when he, … Lees meer

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Ayahuascian visions

‘I had a vision’, said the director in a solemn voice. ‘I saw you working in my healing centre, fulfilling an important role in our mission to cure chronically ill people. You belong here, I just know. Mother Ayahuasca never makes mistakes.’ ‘I’ll decide that for myself’, I thought. I’d … Lees meer

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Intermezzo: Chateau Anand

If you zoom in on this place on Google maps (latitude: 46.65528, longitude: 0.91362 or: Puygirault, St Pierre de Maille, France) you immediately see it: this is no ordinary place. Surrounded by forests and fields you see the contours of a pink castle with its round towers, flanking the river … Lees meer

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