Who is Taita? Understanding Colombian Ayahuasca Tradition
If you’re exploring the world of ayahuasca, especially in Colombia, you might’ve come across the term ‘Taita“. Taita, in many indigenous Colombian cultures, is more than just a title. It’s a mark of deep respect, denoting a healer or a shaman, specifically one who conducts ayahuasca ceremonies. Another meaning for the word Taita is father.
A Taita isn’t just someone who serves the brew; he is a custodian of ancient knowledge and traditions. They’re versed in the songs, rituals, and practices that have been passed down generations. Their role is pivotal in ensuring the ceremony is both safe and spiritually enlightening.
What are the traits that distinguish a good Taita?
- He is indigenous
- He comes from the long lineage of medicine men, tradition passed from Father to Son.
- He grows his own Ayahuasca in the jungle
- He cooks his own Ayahuasca, without any admixtures
- He serves his Ayahuasca and is experienced
At LaWayra, we have a great Taita. He possesses all the traits described above. When you’re with us, you’re not just taking a trip; you’re embarking on a journey guided by experienced Taita who truly respect and understand the plant, the ceremony, and its profound potential to transform.
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Sam Believ – founder of LaWayra retreat.