The Mystical Blue Morpho Butterfly
The Mystical Blue Morpho Butterfly
The Blue Morpho Butterfly is an absolute enchantress of the South American rainforest. A marvel, renowned for its beauty and mystical magic.
Various tribes throughout the rainforest seem as enamored with Mariposa Azul (as they call it) as we are. The Yukuna Tribe of Colombia show their devotion to the Blue Morpho, by performing a special costumed dance in its honor!
A plethora of South and Central American tribes have myths and legends relating the insect to the magical and supernatural. Some tales claim that the butterfly is in fact a sprite or fairy in disguise, while others claim that it is a messenger of their prayers to the gods, but alas, the Blue Morpho doesn’t always represent light and positivity.
Some Amazonians insist that the Blue Morpho is evil. They see it as a trickster, or worse, they associate it with dark magic and evil sorcerers. One such myth claims that the morpho takes its stunning shape in order to lure innocents into the forest, never to be heard from again.
Some regard the Blue Morpho as a healing butterfly and if caught, can heal the capturer of their ailments. This miraculous gift was portrayed in a movie based on real life events, by Lea Pool, enititled – The Blue Butterfly.
This is a true story and the name of the enthomologist is Georges Brossard who at the demand of Fondation Rêves D’enfants (or Chidren’s Dream Foundation, which grant wishes to very ill children), taken a young boy (technically in the terminal phase of cancer) to South America in 1987 in order to capture the beautiful and elusive blue morpho, considered the most beautiful butterfly in the world.
The Native American Indian Butterfly Legend
If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper their wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone, but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
Shamanic Blue Morpho Ceremony
Ayahuasca is a practice devised by Amazonian shamans that has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years, to guide users to live in a balanced state. The method releases spiritual energies that can cause people to come to personal realizations, cure their illnesses, and to discover answers to questions relating to their own existence through visionary experience. The Blue Morpho Diet is a form of the Ayahuasca practised at the Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Center in Peru.
Components of the Shaman’s Blue Morpho Elixir
Traditionally, Ayahuasca is prepared only by medicine men using five ingredients: The vine of ayahuasca plant (the principal ingredient), chacruna leaves, chullachaki caspi bark, mapacho and toé. The ingredients are boiled and mashed into a concoction producing, among other things, the hallucinogenic chemical dimethyltryptamine (illegal in the U.S.). At the Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Center up to 15 ingredients may be used depending upon the needs of the users.
Administration of the Shaman’s Elixir
To begin the three day experience, fasting is required the first day after lunch, and the ceremony begins at 9 p.m on each successive evening. The shamans bless the concoction and decide how much is to be ingested by each person individually. Spirit songs called “icaros” are sung to deliver spiritual energy while the drink begins to take effect. People experience various physical sensations including variations in body temperature, nausea, accelerated heartbeat, diarrhea and dizziness. Usually during the 3 to 4 hour experience people have feelings of terror and helplessness before emotional, physical and/or spiritual cleansing occurs. During the visionary hallucinations shamans join their subjects to guide them past their demons.