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Ayahuasca Icaros by Shipibo Shamans

Ayahuasca Icaros by Shipibo Shamans

Region: Nationwide
Location: Occidental - Sonoma County


Ícaro: The word ícaro comes from the Quechua word icarai, meaning “to blow.” Ícaros are magical chants that are sung or whistled by shamans during Ayahuasca ceremonies. There are several kinds of ícaros. At the beginning of a ceremony their purpose is to provoke the mareación or visionary trance state, and to render the mind more susceptible for visions to penetrate. The shaman on his plant diet learns the ícaros directly from the plant spirits.

Ícaros have great power and influence on the visionary experience of people drinking ayahuasca in a ceremony. Pablo Amaringo also regarded the ícaro as the sound of the universe—the planets, stars, comets,and supernovas. He said that everything is created by music, by vibration, by sound. Ícaros are the music of creation (source: The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo).

I've posted 4 Icaros by different Shipibo Shamans on my Shamanism & Visionary Art Blog (

Please share on Facebook etc if you enjoy them.

thanks - Howard

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