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A witch doctor sits in the front with flames coming from his head. A sorcerer sits behind him in a maramara plant [unidentified], with the fire of his head radiating. The next one, in the toe' plant, is a true healei; which is why the celestial fire burns straight upwards. ] and behind her, in the siuca-huito plant, is a sorcerer and healer that can kill as well as cure. Beyond them are the bufeos [dolphins] who turn into human beings in order to seduce and have sexual intercourse with women to make children that will later serve them.
On the right there are all kinds of animal and even human bones which it has vomited up during its life time. It expels the meat through its rectum, the bones it vomits. This big snake rarely moves, remaining perhaps hundreds of years in the same place. One can even accidentally climb on top of it without realising one is on this dangerous animal. If a person passes by its head, the Sachamama magnetises him immediately and swallows him, because it possesses a very powerful magnet, and no living being that crosses its path can escape.
They only come out in sublime trances to cure sicknesses of the water, as when the Yakumama hurts us or the yaku-caballo, the rayamama, the dolphin, the anguila mama, etc. Next we see the paiche machaco, a fish like the paiche [Arapaima gigans], but also a snake with a poisonous bite. This animal lives in the Amazonian lowlands, and it is called upon in curing snake bites. The yana-yaku-lobos [black water wolves] are in the foreground. These animals are used by healers as guards of the aquatic arkanas because they move very swiftly in the water.
Ayahuasca Visions by Pablo Amaringo, Luis Eduardo Luna