Fusing with Nature and the Cosmos: Shamanic Elements in the Art of Akiko and Pablo Cesar Amaringo

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 119)


This paper examines the work of two artists with shamanistic elements, Akiko (1968-present), a Japanese woman with Ainu blood, and Pablo Cesar Amaringo (1938–2009), a Peruvian Amazonian shaman. Both exhibit imagery that relates them to a floral and faunal world inhabited by gods and a cosmic world inhabited by spiritual energies and gods, Akiko related to Shinto and cosmic birth and Pablo related to Vegetalismo and altered states. When the anthropology student Carlos Castaneda wants to verify an altered state he had, his Yaqui shaman teacher states: “That is all there is to reality—what you felt.” The art work of Akiko and Amaringo convey what they felt in transformative states that align them and others of their respective cultures to consensual imagery and emotional orientations evoking a unique and astounding cosmic connection and even a recognizable metaphysical construct.


Shamanism Shinto Akiko Pablo Cesar Amaringo Ayahuasca 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HampdenUSA

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