I begin in the depths of the water, says,

I begin where the primordial sounds forth, says,

What is of value is the ceremony says,

what is of value is gold, says

I am a woman who looks into the insides of

things and

investigates, says,

The tracks of the feet, says

The path of sap and dew says

In this way it is taught to the children, says

In this way is taught to our people, says

It is health and life, says

We don’t want to break our bonds and our root,


Root of sap and of dew, says

Root of greeness and clarity


– Maria Sabina, Mexican schaman
English translation: Henry Munn


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