Recordings from the Amazon, Peru 2012
In their visions, ayahuasca shamans say they see the essences that animate living beings, the first property of which is to emit melodies. These essences are considered powerful beings, and ayahuasqueros learn their melodies by singing along. Singing like powerful beings, they learn to see like them, and this gives them knowledge. The melodies that shamans bring back from their visions are called "icaros"; they help navigate the space of ayahuasca consciousness, and can also serve as lifelines when overwhelmed by visions.
FILM BY STEPHAN CRASNEANSCKI
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY David Duponchel
EDITED AND SPECIAL EFFECTS BY Teresa Pereira
VOICE AND TEXT BY Jeremy Narby
In collaboration with Francisco Lopez
Featuring Victor Nieto and Ushamano Walter Martinez
A program proposed by Frank Smith
In collaboration with Virginie Luc
Mixed by Dug Winningham
Avec la participation de RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse
Special Thanks: Victor Nieto, Gaël Klein, David Duponchel
Since the dawn of humanity, countless cultures around the world have held prophecies and tales foretelling a time when an epic final battle between the forces of light and dark, would destroy the earth; and where the victorious forces would be given the power to become the rulers over a new reality. And though to many, this battle may seem like the legendary stuff of stories, there are those who believe, that the final battle is upon us, and that Armageddon has indeed begun. However, it is essential here to understand that contrary to popular belief, Armageddon is not a battle that can be fought and won on the battlefields of Man, but rather, the true Armageddon, is a war that can only be won... within.