Don Benigno Dahua, 80
Don Benigno, also known as abuelo (grandfather), is one of the oldest practicing shamans in Iquitos. Benigno is a renown by his home village of Santa Maria where he has cured countless illnesses using his knowledge of the medicinal plants of the Amazonian jungle and his physical and spiritual healing knowledge.
He explains that the healing during a ceremony takes part on an energetic level. The ayahuasca enables him to see and remove any energetic blockages the patient might have.
"Energetic blockages are common, and many of us have blockages without knowing", he says.
"For example, During a traumatic experience you might subconsciously block energetic channels or chakras as a defense mechanism to protect yourself from further pain of that experience. This can later in life manifest as depression, anxiety or physical disease. During the ceremony I will remove the blockage, and when thats done, you are healed" says Don Benigno.