An essential part of the Ayahuasca ceremony is the shaman singing sacred songs. But what are they? What do they mean?
Sacred songs or icaros are the shaman’s way of communicating with and invoking the spirit world. Every shaman has his or her own songs, and the shaman will tell you that he learned the songs directly and personally from the plant world.
It’s difficult or impossible to translate the songs because they typically contain snippets from different dialects, and their meaning may only be understood by the shaman who received them. The songs are a soothing addition to the ritual.
When you take an Ayahuasca journey, in theory, you will come face to face with all kinds of spirits both good and bad. The shaman’s songs are to guide you on the journey and protect you from any evil spirits you might encounter.
Most scientists agree that the setting plays a big role in any kind of psychedelic experience. Shamans have learned through centuries of prescribing Ayahuasca that they can give you a better chance at healing with the help of their songs and a calming, nurturing atmosphere.
Hymns or songs of prayer have been around for as long as religion has been around, and they are found in every culture. So it should come as no surprise that indigenous cultures also developed hymns to accompany the Ayahuasca ritual, which is both religious and medical.
The shaman may sing songs to protect you and ceremony, to enhance your visions, to call out to the spirit world for your healing, to inspire you with insight, to thank the spirits for his powers, and also to help you travel back to the present physical world.
The songs and the singing are all part of the sacred ritual, which is why we only recommend trying Ayahuasca in the presence of a trained and experienced shaman. We believe the best benefits from Ayahuasca are achieved in the traditional setting with traditional ways and practices.