"Mystic tobacco" is a photographic series about the relation of tobacco with the indigenous peoples from the American continent.
Tobacco is one of the oldest indigenous plants on Earth. The first peoples of the American continent had a close relation with this plant. They have been transmitting it for generations. In the north part of the continent, tobacco can replace words and act as a medium to communicate, not only with other people but most important, with spirits.
In the south part of the continent, where the Shipibo-Conibo live, tobacco is one of the keys to enter the rainforest. The smoke shows the path, gives strength and reveals the forest’s habitants. It protects you from bad spirits or nights animals. Tobacco is the connection between the different worlds, keeping a balance between them. The Shipibo people also use tobacco to heal. When receiving a shock, the soul can go to another dimension leaving the body in an incomprehensible sadness. In our society we call it a trauma. The Shipibo use the smoke of the tobacco to bring back the soul to its body. The healers have a strong relation with tobacco in order to have access to other worlds.
This series were taken in Peru in 2015. I am looking forward to continue on the north of the continent.