Production: Mexico, 1978
Director: Georges Payrastre & Claudine Viallon
A powerful 55-minute documentary on shamanism amongst the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, and among two groups of Mayan Indians in southern Mexico and Guatemala. Sequences show a shaman exorcising a spell from a woman by a rite involving the sacrifice of a live chicken; a female shaman consuming hallucinogenic mushrooms and curing her patient by intoning the inner voice of the psilocybin; and a less dramatic cure for migraine using eggs, candles and incense.
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