Chapter 6

Jhon Manihuari Tapullima

Jhon is a young shaman-to-be. I met him the night of his very first curing ritual. Whereas shamanism and natural curing were once common in the Amazon, this knowledge slowly disappears as people couldn’t care less and rather buy medicines from the pharmacy. Jhon is in the beginning of his twenties, but very keen on learning about natural medicines and continuing the knowledge handed down by his forefathers. He dreams of starting a Medicinal Plant University in his village.