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Temazcal ceremony in Mexico: Meeting the Indigenous Healer

Culture, Mexico, Spirituality

“Ask people for directions. We will have a ceremony of Temazcal. Don’t try to find the place yourself, it is in the middle of the forest…” was the message from the friends, who me and Arturas were supposed to meet in a Mexican mountain village, in the central Oaxaca. The car ride left us by the road. The mountain breeze was chilly. Aligned along the only street, souvenir shops were inviting with the colourful pictures of mushrooms. Most likely, the pride of the village. What is all that Temazcal ceremony about? I had a strong suspicion that mushrooms might be involved in all of that…

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Wisdom of the Shaman: What Death can teach about Life?

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What plagues have infected the modern minds? Why the dead are the ones to teach us something about life? What we can learn from our ancestors about validity of time and constant impermanence of our existence? After many years reading Carlos Castaneda’s books about Mexican shamans, I was dreaming of finding my own Juan Matus in the vast and magical land of Mexico. The right path lead me and I was high in the mountains, in the Mexican healer’s stable with hanging goat skins and horns. He was about to perform one of his rustic healings.

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Mexican Horror Stories: The witches, Demons and Spirits of the Night

Culture, Mexico

Maybe it’s because of the romantic books by Carlos Castaneda, that Mexico always seemed to me like a country of witches and magic. Mysterious realms of spirits induced by cactus or hallucinogenic mushrooms, a constant battlefield of good and evil powers, overwhelming divine knowledge: this is hard to comprehend with a rational or even sane mind. And now I was passing through this land of magic myself. A couple days before arriving to the mountains in Oaxaca, I was sitting in the kitchen of an old ranch. Marco, the owner, and I had just started a mysterious conversation about magic.

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Photographer’s Guide to Birds in Jamaica

Jamaica, Nature

Do all birds in Jamaica have red eyes and whistle reggea from their perches? Probably not. But birdwatching in Jamaica is still quite an adventure. Pelicans preying for their lunch in the former pirate’s port and wickedest town in the World. Or the heron, eating a crab on the beach, where Columbus took his first steps after a long journey through the ocean. “Photographer’s Guide to Birds” is in Jamaica. This Caribean island is home for around 324 birdies species. 28 of them are unique and only residing in Jamaica. Here are 18 most common bird species in Jamaica, that even an amateur birdwatcher’s eye can easily spot and enjoy.

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