Icaros — the Enchanting Magic Melodies


Icaros are the shamanic songs sung or whistled during ceremony. They are often referred to as magic melodies, and sometimes they are sung in an ancient dialect. They are frequently taught to an apprentice by their maestro.

Alternatively, they may be learned directly from the spirit of Ayahuasca or the spirits of the various plants the student chooses to diet during their apprenticeship.

However, direct-teaching of this sort usually takes place once the apprentice has achieved a certain level of mastery in their work.

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Icaros, Magical Art Form

Icaros truly are a magical art form, and they play a fundamental role in the Ayahuasca ceremony. Some icaros are used for protection. These are known as arcanas.

Other icaros may be used to ratchet up the intensity of a ceremony or tone things down.

During the ceremonies, the participants feel that the melody guides them, transports them to their different visions, unique in each one of them.

Or also on some occasions the participants can understand the lyrics of the melodies, even connect with the Shipibo singer through the melody, this is magic of the ayahuasca in combination with the icaros.

There’s an endless variety of healing icaros. And, there are specialty-icaros to include those intended to provoke the purge and assist participants with the release of their emotional, psychological and spiritual blockages.

We often have indigenous Shipibo women sing this special music during Dawn of Eden® ceremonies. The Shipibo have a deep connection with Mother Ayahuasca and an illustrious tradition of singing the melodies in Quechua, an ancient dialect.

Their enchanting melodies provide energetic support for our work. Moreover, their feminine energy is a delightful contribution to our ceremonies. The Shipibo women are a treasure.

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