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    Canadian man lynched in Peruvian Amazon after being accused of shaman's murder



    A Canadian man who travelled to Peru to study hallucinogenic medicine has been lynched in a remote
    corner of the Amazon rainforest, after he was accused by members of an indigenous community of killing
    a local spiritual leader, authorities said.


    Police found 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe's body after a video was shared on social media, showing a man purported
    to be Woodroffe begging for mercy while being dragged by the neck between thatch-roofed homes.
    He was then left motionless on the muddy ground.

    Officials had launched a search for Mr Woodroffe after the murder of shaman Olivia Arevalo, an octogenarian plant healer
    from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of north-east Peru.

    They backed away from initial reports Mr Woodroffe was the principal suspect in Ms Arevalo's killing.





    Both Ms Arevalo and Mr Woodroffe were killed on Thursday in the community of Victoria Gracia, officials said.

    On Saturday, officials dug up Mr Woodroffe's body from an unmarked grave where he had been hastily buried.

    Every year, thousands of foreign tourists travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, a bitter,
    dark-coloured brew made of a mixture of native plants.

    (more on ayahuasca below)

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    ^ A sacred medicine to some, a dangerous drug to others — tourists are travelling across the world to try the ancient hallucinogenic tea, ayahuasca.



    A Huni Kui Indian prepares Ayahuasca ... Ayahuasca is a potent hallucinogenic tea consumed by indigenous peoples across South America.


    Chapter 1
    Welcome to the jungle

    Deep in the Amazonian rainforest, ayahuasca (pronounced eye-ah-wah-ska) is at the centre of a burgeoning, new-age tourism trend.

    It is a thick and potent hallucinogenic tea that has been brewed and sipped by indigenous peoples from across South America for centuries.

    Purported to allow drinkers access to the spirit world, the muddy liquid is traditionally consumed by shamans in ceremonial contexts.

    But now, "ayahuasca retreats" are popping up across the continent, particularly in Brazil and Peru, offering the experience to tourists.


    Rest of the story is here ... about a 5 - 10 min read
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    Can't link to that site ^.

    I saw another article that said the shaman was shot in front of other people, including children. But shot by whom ?

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    Earl posted a thread on here about his experience using Ayahuasca during his travels in South America. That was back when he was a more coherent poster.

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    Carlos Castaneda wrote a couple of books in the 70's about his experiments with ayahuasca, detura, and peyote with the Yaqi Indians, and his spiritual jouneys on said drugs.
    I have no doubt it was Castaneda's writings that started the trend.
    Or maybe it was the 60's as I read one of the books in the 70's in Fiji...as such it was probably printed several years earlier.

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    ^ Hippies have been going down there since the 60's. I remember reading a few articles in High Times magazine many years ago about various hippy adventurers who went down there in search of the ultimate trip.

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    Trip paid for by GOFUNDME. Fuck him.

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    Not a lot of sympathy for the guy.

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    ^Wanted the 'primitive experience' - got it.

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    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Trip paid for by GOFUNDME. Fuck him.

    Agreed.


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    Sure he enjoyed hanging around with them. Did cure his addiction, though.
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    ^ has the GOFUNDME been suspended?

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    ^Reckon a new one is up to ship his dead ass home.

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    Shipped from darkest Peru?

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    A judge in Peru ordered the arrest of two men Monday for allegedly lynching a Canadian man last week in the Amazon, Reuters reports.

    Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, was murdered in the region of Ucayali after indigenous community members blamed him for the death of a spiritual leader. Peru’s interior ministry says the Canadian was killed in retribution by a “mob,” Reuters reports.

    Video footage on social media reportedly shows a man in a puddle before another man wrapped a rope around his neck and dragged him as onlookers watched.


    Olivia Arévalo, the spiritual leader of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe and an indigenous rights activist, was killed last Thursday after being shot twice.

    Woodroffe was believed to have been a client of the 81-year-old shaman.

    According to Ricardo Jimenez, the head prosecutor in Ucayali, her family suspects Woodroffe killed Arévalo for declining to conduct a ritual involving ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant brew used for spiritual healing.

    Jimenez added that officials are looking into other theories as well, such as murder by another foreigner over unpaid debt.


    According to a crowdfunding site, Woodroffe had moved to Ucayali to study plant medicine and become an addiction counselor, Reuters reports.


    The foreign affairs department of Canada is in touch with officials in Peru. “We are aware of this case and actively seeking further information,” Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.

    Peruvian Judge Orders Arrest of 2 Men for Lynching Canadian | Time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Can't link to that site ^.

    I saw another article that said the shaman was shot in front of other people, including children. But shot by whom ?
    Humm ... the link got corrupted somehow.

    Does this work? ... The new age of ayahuasca - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Or google ... ABC The new age of ayahuasca ?

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    That link doesn't work for me either, which is odd since I'm in Oz.

    Will Google it.

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    Anybody visiting South America jungle should watch this movie before boarding the flight.


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