Nicolás Echevarría

Nicolás Echevarría – María Sabina, Mujer Espíritu AKA Maria Sabina, Woman of the Spirit (1978)

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María Sabina is a Mexican indian. She was born in 1894 according to the church records Huautla, Oaxaca.

Huautla is inhabited by Mazatecan indians. They preserve the ancient religious ritual of eating mushrooms in nocturnal ceremonies.

These are provided by a shaman. Shamanism has existed in Mexico since pre-Colombian times. María Sabina is a shaman. She uses mushrooms to communicate with tribal gods.

The ethnobotanical R. Gordon Wasson knew her in 1955. She has given rise to a new discipline: ethnomycology.

This is the only documentary on María Sabina, an intimate portrait of the world-renowned Mazatec curandera and her extensive use of Psilocybe mushrooms as a healing aid. Narrated by Maria’s biographer, Alvaro Estrada; directed by Nicolas Echevarria. Read More »