Photograph of a “mesa” ceremony by a curandero or folk healer, who uses herbs, potions, and belief to cure in Limoncarro, Peru
Photograph of a “mesa” ceremony by a curandero, a traditional doctor or folk healer, who uses herbs, potions, and belief to cure ailments, in Limoncarro, Peru. The mesa ceremony takes place in a total darkness and lasts hours, and combines folk medicine, hypnosis, faith, and superstition. The curandero uses a human skull on the man in a hypnotic trance and under influence of hallucinogenic drugs. The skull is believed to have magic power to protect people from evil spells. The mesa combines traditional pre-Hispanic and Christian religion chants and prayers. Photograph by Nathan Benn taken April 8, 1989.