Filipino tourist dies in hallucinogenic ritual in Peru
SAN FRANCISCO — Police in the district of Pisac, in Cuzco, Peru are investigating the death of a Filipino tourist who died during a ceremonial session of Ayahuasca in a locale called “Etnicas” in the city of Taray.
Ernest Villaroman, 33, a tourist, died last Saturday, Aug. 20, apparently due to the “Ayahuasc” he had being given by Rosa Rojas Nunta during the ritual.
Nunta, 50, is now under investigation for the alleged crime of wrongful death, according to a report by Latin America Current Events & News. A prosecutor has ordered her detention.
The doctor on duty at the health clinic of Taray said Villaroman arrived without a pulse at a health clinic, according to the doctor on duty. The body will remain in the morgue until the investigation is finished.
Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, usually lasting between 4 to 8 hours after ingestion. The effect ranges from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary.
Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and a shamanic means of communication, typically in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced drinker, according to Ayahuasca-info.com.
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