Becoming a Yachak or ancestral healer in the Ecuadorian culture

According to Luis Enrique Chachiguango, taita (father) of Otavalo, there are four ways to become a Yachak; being born with the gift, inheriting it from your parents, being called upon by nature and by taking the decision to walk the path. “In our Kichwa language still remains the word ‘Yachak,’ which means man or woman of wisdom, healer, priest or mystic. In other words, a spiritual guide,” said taitaCachiguango. TaitaCachiguango learned the path of ancestral medicine from his grandparents. Even though you don’t necessarily need a family member or community to raise you with this knowledge, you must acquire “qualifications”,…

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