Don Luis Andi Yachak

  • Tena, Ecuador

Don Luis Andi is an elder indigenous yachak (in kichwa language "the one who knows"). Since he was born he had been prepared to become a powerful shaman by his father, a renowned powerful yachak. As soon as at the age of 8, he started to take ayahuasca and tobacco. While roaming alone in the nature, he was visited by the spirits who took him to the "other side" for several days. In those other worlds, he received blessings from the spirit masters. He gained the powers of supreme natural forces such as the lightning, jaguar, anaconda and condor. He is a true curandero who never uses his skills and knowledge to harm people. He does not abuse alcohol. He stresses the necessity of purity and honesty to have healing powers. He sings extraordinarily and plays several instruments during the ceremony and calls spirits to come to protect, heal and give power. He has also apprenticed with 25 other shamans. Don Luis is assisted by his wife, Dona Ines Vargas and his son Juan Andi Vargas, who also helps to organize the retreats.

Tags: amazon ayahuasca ceremonies ecuador healer jungle kichwa medicinal plants napo shaman

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