Genios and Chullachaquis from the Rainforest Amazon and Their Ways to Cure Human Conditions
Eda Zavala Lopez
Since hundreds of years ago curanderas and curanderos from all over the Amazon call to the spirits of the plants to heal human body and spirit. They invoke them to show up their power and come under forms of “chullachaqui” or very old “geniecillos” and talk to them in secret, whispering their name and then ‘they’ open their bodies to make surgery and remove all the stuff that damage physically and emotionally. It is ‘La Madre’ of each plant that reveals which part was damaged and it has to be prepared to continue curing the whole body and protect mainly their soul through plant medicine. ‘La Madre’ will only stay with us if we respect all kind of restrictions for several months or even a year. No doubt that She will cure us and teach us to be “bizarro”, meaning strong enough to hunting, fishing, planting or become a teacher of this plant, “un dietero”, and our lineage always be protected by ‘La Madre’.
Eda Zavala Lopez is a Wari-Ashaninka curandera and spiritual leader of some Shawi Villages, located in the buffer zone of Cordillera Escalera, Region of San Martin, Peru. She works with indigenous villages to preserve sacred territories and defend indigenous rights as well as bringing new skills to indigenous children to empower them. Eda provides technical assistance to her people and spiritual assistance to the modern world. She walks among indigenous knowledge, western approach and global understanding. As a curandera, she works intensively to help perpetuate the ancient healing practices that she inherited through her lineage and her teachers. Indigenous wisdom from the Highlands and Rainforest Amazon is part of her DNA. Eda is well-educated and studied sociology and anthropology at Catholic University in Lima, Peru. In December 2014, she has being awarded by the National Peruvian Government and Ministry of Environment recognizing her profound commitment to protect pristine indigenous territories in Region San Martin, Peru. She is actually a local coordinator of the NGO Impact A Village, managing the project “Providing educational opportunities to 09 Shawi Villages and Indigenous Children”. She also preserves 10 hectares of pristine forest regarding future generations. Eda has being doing lectures about plant medicine and indigenous knowledge in the US for the last 10 years and participated at the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues. She is very close to Native American Elders practicing their ancient ways of sacred medicine.