the Land of Goodness and Beauty:
Paintings of Mapuche Dreams of Heaven"
Machi Tomasa's dream of shamanic initiation:
dreamt that zumpall (mermaid) gave me clothing, boots, and a coat.
There was a car, a Ford, and there was a gringa woman waiting at the car. The
mermaid gave me a bouquet of flowers. Before I got in the car, I was dressed
with a tunic like silk. The gringa woman drove the car to the bottom of the
ocean and, god was there, who followed me everywhere. After this dream, god
wouldn't let me alone, and I kept having dreams and more dreams and, every
once in a while my body would tremble like it does when I take datura for
a machitun or when I rub a sick person. One day the mermaid saw me,
but I did not see her. But I felt it in my body. It was so strong that I could
not move. The sumpall is a very beautiful mermaid, she has her face
painted, and she likes to dance in the water. Two mermaids brought me two
saddled horses and they gave me fish. My shamanic power comes from the lake.
tell me what herbs to use with my patients in dreams. They name the herbs
and they show them to me. To be a good shaman you need to be prepared. The
shamans are those who learn through dreams and not through others."