Mariri is the traditional name for a magical nature spirit that is believed to live in the phlegm of the curandero healers of the Peruvian Amazon Basin. It is believed that the spirit is fed with tobacco smoke. Shamans believe the spirit can be regurgitated at will and passed on to a disciple. The disciple either receives the mariri by swallowing the regurgitated substance from the hands of the shaman, or by smoking it through a pipe. It is also believed that mariri can be given to someone from nature spirits, such as the ayahuasca plant spirit.
Shamans claim to use mariri as a defense and protection in acts of magic, and is also considered to be a powerful healer.
- ↑ Luna, Luis Eduardo (1986). Vegetalismo (Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion). Almqvist & Wiksell Internat. ISBN 9122008195.
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