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December / January 2015

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T he master Andean curandero de soni- do (sound heal- er) Tito La Rosa has meticulously laid out an altar with ancestral Peruvi- an instruments arranged in the four cardinal directions. As our guide into the use of these ancient healing tools, he has asked our group of 10 to sit in a circle around this "acoustic altar," as he calls it. In my hands I'm carefully cradling a ceramic Peruvian whistling vessel—two con- joined bowls with slender necks like herons—which La Rosa has fi lled partway with water. I slowly tip the vessel toward my right, and the water pops and gurgles, By Diana Rico Is Medicine Powerful Sound Ancestral instruments & modern therapies that heal and reveal december/january 2016 23

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