Terminology

Learn some of the common terms used in Mestizo Amazonian Curanderismo and Andean Shamanic Energy Medicine.

Amazonian Curanderismo
(Mestizo Lineage)

Otorongo: A Quechua word that refers to the jaguar in Amazonian cosmology, symbolizing power and strength, the protector of the forest.

Ayahuasca: A psychoactive brew made primarily from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients like chacruna, used in traditional healing and spiritual ceremonies.

Chacruna: A plant, Psychotria viridis, containing DMT, commonly used as an additive in ayahuasca brews to elicit visionary states.

Mapacho: A potent, sacred tobacco used in Amazonian spiritual and healing rituals. It is employed to cleanse negative energies, protect against spiritual disturbances, and facilitate communication with the spiritual realm.

Curandero: A healer who uses folk remedies and traditional healing practices, often within the context of indigenous South American cultures.

Ayahuasquero: A specialist curandero who leads ayahuasca ceremonies.

Maestro: A master healer or teacher within the tradition of ayahuasca curanderismo.

Palero: A healer who specializes in using tree barks for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

Vegetalista: A herbalist or healer who uses a variety of plants in traditional medicine.

Sanangero: A specialist who works with the Sanango plants, which are known for their strong spiritual and healing properties.

Tabaquero: A healer who specializes in using tobacco as a medicinal and spiritual plant.

Maloca: A traditional longhouse used for community gatherings and ceremonies, such as ayahuasca sessions.

Icaro: A sacred melodic and rhythmic sound used in ceremonies to direct healing energies and call upon the medicine of plant spirits that the Ayahuasquero has formed an allyship with.

Sopla: A blowing technique used by healers to cleanse or imbue a person with protective or healing energy, often using smoke or breath.

Chupa: An extraction technique used in healing to suck out illness or negative energy from a patient's body.

Arkana: Protective prayers or chants used in healing ceremonies to shield against negative energies.

Venteada: A cleansing technique using wind or breath, often accompanied by specific plant fragrances.

Dieta: A dietary and behavioral regimen followed in conjunction with plant medicine work, aimed at cleansing the body and enhancing spiritual insights, as well as forming an allyship with the plant.

Mestizo: A person of mixed indigenous and non-indigenous ancestry, often serving as a cultural mediator.

Sachamama: A term meaning "Mother of the Forest" in Quechua, often referring to the spirit of the jungle and its protective, nurturing qualities.

Andean Shamanic Energy Medicine
(Q'ero & Alberto Villoldo Lineage)

Luminous Energy Field (LEF): Describes the aura or energy field surrounding a person, which is believed to hold information about an individual's emotional, physical, and spiritual histories.

Chakra: Energy centers within the human body, each associated with different aspects of spiritual and physical functions.

Wiracocha: In Andean spirituality, a high celestial spirit or god; in the Villoldo lineage we also use this term to refer to our 8th chakra or soul, our connection to source energy.

Bands of Power: Energetic protections installed into the LEF for shielding against negative energies.

Q’ero: Indigenous people of Peru, believed to be descendants of the Inca, who maintain traditional spiritual practices.

Kuya: A stone or crystal imbued with spiritual energy, used in healing practices.

Mesa: A ceremonial altar used in Andean shamanic rituals, often consisting of sacred objects and kuyas.

Allyu: A community or social group in Andean cultures, emphasizing communal relationships.

Illumination: A healing practice aimed at cleansing and balancing the chakras.

Extraction: Removing crystallized or fluid energies that are negatively impacting a person’s LEF.

Crystallized Energy: Dense energy within the LEF that may manifest as chronic illness or emotional disturbances.

Soul Retrieval: A shamanic journey to recover parts of the soul lost due to trauma or stress.

Destiny Retrieval: A practice to align oneself with a higher purpose or original blueprint of life.

Fluid Entity: Intrusive energies that flow and move within a person’s LEF.

Energetic Cords: Connections that tie one's energy field to others, which can drain or invigorate one’s life force.

Feeding Tubes: Energetic structures believed to either provide or deplete life force

Serpent Medicine: Represents grounding and transformation, associated with the root chakra.

Jaguar Medicine: Embodies integrity and empowerment, connected with the heart chakra.

Hummingbird Medicine: Symbolizes joy and resilience, associated with the throat chakra.

Eagle/Condor Medicine: Represents vision and spiritual connection, associated with the crown chakra.

Luminous Energy Field (LEF): Describes the aura or energy field surrounding a person, which holds information about an individual's emotional, physical, and spiritual histories.

Chakra: Energy centers within the human body, each associated with different aspects of spiritual and physical functions.

Wiracocha: In Andean spirituality, a high celestial spirit or god; in the Villoldo lineage we also use this term to refer to our 8th chakra or soul, our connection to source energy.

Bands of Power: Energetic protections installed into the LEF for shielding against negative energies.

Q’ero: Indigenous people of Peru, believed to be descendants of the Inca, who maintain traditional spiritual practices.

Kuya: A stone or crystal imbued with spiritual energy, used in healing practices.

Mesa: A ceremonial altar used in Andean shamanic rituals, often consisting of sacred objects and kuyas.

Allyu: A community or social group in Andean cultures, emphasizing communal relationships.

Illumination: A healing practice aimed at cleansing and balancing the chakras.

Extraction: Removing crystallized or fluid energies that are negatively impacting a person’s LEF.

Crystallized Energy: Dense energy within the LEF that may manifest as chronic illness or emotional disturbances.

Soul Retrieval: A shamanic journey to recover parts of the soul lost due to trauma or stress.

Destiny Retrieval: A practice to align oneself with a higher purpose or original blueprint of life.

Fluid Entity: Intrusive energies that flow and move within a person’s LEF.

Energetic Cords: Connections that tie one's energy field to others, which can drain or invigorate one’s life force.

Feeding Tubes: Energetic structures believed to either provide or deplete life force.

Serpent Medicine: Represents grounding and transformation, associated with the root chakra.

Jaguar Medicine: Embodies integrity and empowerment, connected with the heart chakra.

Hummingbird Medicine: Symbolizes joy and resilience, associated with the throat chakra.

Eagle/Condor Medicine: Represents vision and spiritual connection, associated with the crown chakra.

Otorongo: Often refers to the jaguar in the Amazonian cosmology, symbolizing power and strength.

Ayahuasca: A psychoactive brew made primarily from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients like chacruna, used in traditional healing and spiritual ceremonies.

Chacruna: A plant, Psychotria viridis, containing DMT, commonly used as an additive in ayahuasca brews to elicit visionary states.

Mapacho: A potent, sacred tobacco used in Amazonian spiritual and healing rituals. It is employed to cleanse negative energies, protect against spiritual disturbances, and facilitate communication with the spiritual realm.

Curandero: A healer who uses folk remedies and traditional healing practices, often within the context of indigenous South American cultures.

Ayahuasquero: A specialist curandero who leads ayahuasca ceremonies.

Maestro: A master healer or teacher within the tradition of ayahuasca curanderismo.

Palero: A healer who specializes in using tree barks for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

Vegetalista: A herbalist or healer who uses a variety of plants in traditional medicine.

Sanangero: A specialist who works with the Sanango plants, which are known for their strong spiritual and healing properties

Tabaquero: A healer who specializes in using tobacco as a medicinal and spiritual plant.

Maloca: A traditional longhouse used for community gatherings and ceremonies, such as ayahuasca sessions.

Icaro: A sacred song or chant used in various healing ceremonies, believed to direct the spiritual and healing energies.

Sopla: A blowing technique used by healers to cleanse or imbue a person with protective or healing energy, often using smoke or breath.

Chupa: An extraction technique used in healing to suck out illness or negative energy from a patient's body.

Arkana: Protective prayers or chants used in healing ceremonies to shield against negative energies.

Venteada: A cleansing technique using wind or breath, often accompanied by specific plant fragrances.

Dieta: A dietary and behavioral regimen followed in conjunction with plant medicine work, aimed at cleansing the body and enhancing spiritual insights.

Mestizo: A person of mixed indigenous and non-indigenous ancestry, often serving as a cultural mediator.

Sachamama: A term meaning "Mother of the Forest" in Quechua, often referring to the spirit of the jungle and its protective, nurturing qualities.

Safe, transformational retreats in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon

Casa Del Otorongo is dedicated to protecting the jungle & sharing its medicine.

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Safe, transformational retreats in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon

Casa Del Otorongo is dedicated to protecting the jungle & sharing its medicine.

Retreats

Resources

Safe, transformational retreats in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon

Casa Del Otorongo is dedicated to protecting the jungle & sharing its medicine.

Retreats

Resources

Safe, transformational retreats in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon

Casa Del Otorongo is dedicated to protecting the jungle & sharing its medicine.

Retreats

Resources