Javier Arevalo Shahuano
Javier Arevalo Shahuano, was born in the community of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Napo, in the department of Loreto, Peru. The last of a family with four generations of shamans, the Shahuano, in his teens he realised that shamanism was his future.
At 20, after his father’s death, he started his apprenticeship. He spent two years in the virgin rain forest, without any contact with the outside world, taking as a teacher his Grandfather, Antonio Shahuano. From him, he learnt the healing properties of plants. For the whole length of his training in shamanism he had to follow a very strict diet. He could not eat spicy foods, sugar and salt, nor fried food, only what the forest offered. These, and good intentions, are the basic requisites to become a plant doctor (shaman).
In Javier’s own words:”During my study in the forest, the spirits of plants and animals made me realise that shamanism was to spread out the message of Nature to live with joy, and to do good by curing diseases using our traditional plant medicine.”
You can read details about Javier’s work in the book ‘Plant, Spirit and Shamanism’, by Ross Heaven and Howard Charing, and his ceremonies have been mentioned in a number of other books by Ross Heaven: ‘The Journey to You’, ‘Spirit in the City’,’The Hummingbird’s Journey to God’, as well as in the book ‘Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam.