At dusk, so around half past 6am, the participants of the ceremony meet with Francisco in the common room. There is the so-called “Te sagrado” – it is already the preparation for the ceremony. Last content is still being discussed – those present are in white. For Francisco, a declaration of readiness to take the ego and his fears.
Everyone has their flashlights, water and clothes? Then we go up to the temple. There is a prepared place with spitting port and mattress. A candle burns. Francisco begins with the rituals – the place that protect participants-calling out ghosts and ancestors. When he makes up the candle, he starts singing. Alternating times of silence, times of movement-Francisco dances with the spirits.
He has announced curative treatments. Sometimes he turns on a candle so that people don’t scare. Otherwise, the ceremony is shrouded in darkness. Depending on when the trial for everyone is over, Francisco closes the ceremony. For some, it then goes even further in bed.
The next morning, there is a meeting – the events will be discussed and suggestions will be made on how to proceed.
Ceremonies with ayahuasca are held Tuesday and Friday. The process follows the traditional protocol. The process is strictly individual. The ceremonies are for diagnostics and mediocrity.