Shamans give Obama the win

 / 06 Nov '12

Lima - Using maracas, coca leaves and a hallucinogenic brew, shamans in Peru got down to business Monday using pre-Columbian traditional ceremonies to pick a winner in the US presidential race.

“The apus (gods of the hills in indigenous mythology) tell us (Barack) Obama will be re-elected,” predicted Juan Osco, known as the Shaman of the Andes on San Cristobal hill overlooking Lima.

A Peruvian shaman makes a ritual of predictions for the 2012 US election, at San Cristobal hill in Lima. Credit: AFP

Members of the group placed flower petals on photos of the candidates that were also swept over with tobacco smoke. The shamans chewed coca leaves, a traditional ceremonial and medicinal plant since Inca times that helps fight altitude sickness.

And the crew took some swigs of ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew used widely among Amazon basin indigenous people. At least one thing was clear, they said: Obama should defeat Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday. - Sapa-AFP


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