'Shaman' jailed for hallucinogenic drug potion at 'healing' ceremony

A British "shaman" caught administering a potion containing a class-A hallucinogenic drug to 17 followers at a candlelit "healing" ceremony has been jailed for 15 months.
Peter Aziz, of Buckfastleigh, Devon, who claims to have spent years in the jungles of Peru learning the art of making the drink ayahuasca, provided the brew, which contained N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), during a week-long retreat in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Mask maker keeping Shimane tradition alive

Mask maker keeping Shimane tradition aliveSAKURAE, Shimane Pref. — Hanging on the walls of Jake Davies' home are around 20 artifacts that seem at odds with the idyllic village in Sakurae, Shimane Prefecture where his rustic abode is set.
Some depict outlandish beings with horns and frightening fangs.

Global award for Aboriginal traditional healers

Global award for Aboriginal traditional healersTwo traditional Aboriginal healers from a remote desert area in central Australia will receive international psychotherapy awards today.
The men have been working in the field for decades and now work for a local service, the NPY Women's Council.

Peru: Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Nazca Lines

Peru: Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Nazca LinesI feel like I’ve just stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. Perched on a lush-green ridge sandwiched between two mountain peaks and shrouded in swirling mists that lend the site a mythical glow, Machu Picchu is an arresting sight. After undertaking the four-day, 26-mile Inca Trail trek where we grapple with crumbling stone steps and steep gradients with the aid of Popeye-strong porters, we are rewarded at dawn with a sunrise over one of the world’s top archaeological sites. Choking back tears, there are hugs among our group.

Avenging spirits demands 10 cattle compensation

Avenging spirits demands 10 cattle compensationThe avenging spirit of a shopkeeper who was allegedly murdered in a suspected case of juju is now tormenting the Mutasa family in Mudzi. The poltergeist like spirit has been giving the family sleepless nights H-Metro discovered. The restless spirit of young Givemore Katangana has been venting its anger on one Mutasa family member who allegedly killed him in a bid to boost his business interests in Mudzi and Mutoko.