LIMA, Peru (AP) – A 41-year-old Canadian who went to Peru to study hallucinogenic medicine was killed by a mob in a remote corner of the Amazon rainforest after being murdered for an elderly man Shamans blamed The authorities said Sunday
Peru's Attorney General said that Sebastian Woodroffe was tugging at the neck shortly after the murder of Olivia Arevalo, an eighty-thousand-year-old plant healer from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe in northeastern Peru. The officials withdrew from initial reports that Woodroffe was the prime suspect in Arevalo's assassination.
Arevalo and Woodroffe were both killed Thursday in the indigenous community of Victoria Gracia, officials said. But the police did not start researching until a mobile video appeared on the local media showing a man who was supposedly Woodroffe begging for mercy while being dragged between thatched roofs. He was then left lying motionless on the muddy ground.
On Saturday, officials dug up Woodrowe's body from an unmarked grave where he was hastily buried.
Every year, thousands of foreign tourists travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with Ayahuasca, a bitter, dark brew of a blend of native plants. The hallucinogenic cocktail, also called Yage, has been revered for centuries by indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as a cure for all sorts of illnesses. But it is also increasingly consumed by Western tourists looking for mind-altering experiences, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Arevalo was a staunch defender of indigenous peoples' rights in the region. She also practiced a traditional form of vocal medicine that Shipibo believes to remove negative energies from individuals and a group.
On the website of the Temple of the Lights, which describes herself, she can sing a traditional plant song as a shamanic-herbal healing center in the Peruvian Amazon
In 2015, a Canadian stabbed a tourist from England deadly after the Having drunk both ayahuasca together in a spiritual ceremony some hours from Woodroff's death  Woodroffe, from the town of Courtenay on Victoria Island in British Columbia, said prior to his trip to Peru, he hopes that training with a plant healer of Shipibo's Stamm would promote his career change to an addiction counselor with hallucinogenic medicine. 19659010] "The plant medicine that I have to learn is much deeper than taking up a plant and getting healed, it's not about becoming" high. "It's true, some of the plants, from which I will learn something will have a perceptive effect, but these are a few plants of thousands with whom I will work, "he wrote on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website to get financial help for his studies.
"I'm here for a long time, this is more than a 'job' for me, I do not just want people to relax … I want to turn them to the wonders of existence and see them as a renewed friend and Lovers of this thing we call life leave, "he added.