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

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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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