The mystic shamans who bring the spiritual and physical world together

These incredible pictures offer a fascinating insight into the rich and diverse traditions of Peruvian shamans, known as Curanderos.

Shamans are believed to be a bridge between this world and the next, able to communicate with spirits through magic, rituals and spiritual visions.

In the Peruvian Amazon Basin, shamans use medicine songs called icaros to evoke spirits, communicating with them using totemic items such as rocks that Curanderos believe have special powers.

Although shamans are not as common as decades past, they continue to shepherd their communities across remote Peruvian regions.