"Spiritual Temples" by Pablo Amaringo

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Pablo Amaringo's Description of his painting "Spiritual Temples"

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The vision of spiritual temples is that they are formed of spirit people, and when looked at, seem to be literal buildings on the earth, with doors, windows, and rooms. This is not so with spiritual temples because they are aspects that in an instant become like buildings but then disappear, so it is difficult to know what invisible spiritual material is.

In these temples the shaman, or teacher, and apprentices, refresh their memory, help the heart to feel good, and stimulate their mental faculties. Spiritual songs are sung there, uniting the bonds of altruistic love. Peace, goodness, joy, and great patience are found there. The body is cleansed; rescuing what has been lost from a person, such as knowledge, discernment, which educates a person, can control the tongue that is almost untamable. There, when a person has not practiced “I”-ism, turning egocentric, a spirit awards them talent in art in many forms.

These factors a human being produce order, good judgment, and use of their true ability. Spirits are treated as messenger winds, flames, which are not material, but invisible energies that produce visible effects, very similar to wind and breath. Wind is a phenomenon that blows, spirits are the force of life. These can be used in a parallel sense but are not synonyms.

The vegetation that we see has life in the sense that it has the ability to grow, reproduce, and adapt, through the assistance of genies, or devas, that live inside them.

All that has life, be it spiritual or bodily, has an organism or body. In the papelillo tree we see genie people, or devas, which give the teacher forms of curing, cures for longevity. Shipiba, Asháninka in the center, and Macheguenga, at the lower right, are indigenous people who live in accordance with the principles of flora and fauna, enjoying the visions that privileged vegetation grants them through its hallucinogenic, healing or nutritive properties. The papelillo tree protects all of them in life.

Behind the Asháninka is the Situlle plant, a plant that makes creeping vines and bitter herbs grow. Then we see the sparrow hawks called Tive-Mama. The teacher uses these birds as guardians who look into the depths of rivers. The Sachamama is also present; representing the water the vegetation receives. At the upper right are the moss genies, devas, who fertilize the trees, giving them energy. The face of a person who heals and teaches the sick to blow and sing also appears. The bull is there to eat the sorcerers’ herbs. The plant at bottom left is the Yacutoé, which is used as an adjunct, and also to improve the vision of all concentration.

By Pablo C. Amaringo Shuño.
Pucallpa, 05-15-07

Translated by Denali DeGraf
Dungeness 06-12-07

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