Woman, 34, dies after taking psychedelic drugs during the & # 39; spiritual cleansing ceremony & # 39; in Cyprus
- The police have arrested a Russian woman and want to track down a Colombian man
- The 34-year-old Latvian woman died after taking Ayahuasca on Tuesday
- The powerful psychedelics are traditionally taken by tribesmen in the Amazon
- The Colombian suspect, 42, is believed to have delivered the drug
A 34-year-old Latvian woman died after taking a psychedelic drug from the Amazon during a & # 39; spiritual cleansing ceremony & # 39; in Cyprus.
The police have arrested a Russian woman, 50, and are in contact with Interpol to find a Colombian man suspected of delivering the drug for Tuesday's ceremony.
The purification involved 20 people who took ayahuasca in the coastal town of Larnaca and the ritual was reportedly led by the Russian woman.
Cyprus police said today that it is the first time they have encountered the illegal drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT), also known as ayahuasca.
The Cypriot police said the woman died Tuesday in Larnaca after a ceremony with ayahuasca involving around 20 people (photo: view of the orthodox church of Saint Lazarus and the square in front of the church in Larnaca)
A shaman in the Ecuadorian Amazon who is participating in an ayahuasca ceremony
Traditional ayahuasca ceremonies:
Shamans advise people who use psychedelics, unless in the presence of those who have a lot of experience with the medicine.
The ceremony is led by a shaman and usually takes place throughout the night, keeping users high for about six hours.
They will experience both psychological and physical effects, where flushing – vomiting and diarrhea – is considered an essential element.
Those who use the drug describe intense and varied feelings, some think it is divine, while others say it is hellish.
Shamans sing during the ritual to improve visual hallucinations.
In the native language, the drug becomes the & # 39; spirit soul & # 39; and the & # 39; dead body & # 39; called.
The Latvian woman was unconscious when she was taken to the General Hospital of Larnaca and was declared dead on arrival on Tuesday, according to Phile News.
The Colombian man, 42, is supposed to have delivered the medicine and left Cyprus shortly after the ceremony.
The 20 participants in the ceremony were mostly composed of Russians, according to local media.
Ayahuasca is brewed from the woody vines of a tree of the same name, originating from the Amazon rainforest.
It has been drunk by indigenous peoples in the jungle for over a thousand years.
It is a cherished sacrament in these cultures and is extremely powerful, works for hours in the brain and causes vomiting, considered a cleansing of the ailments of the body.
According to the Journal of Analytical Toxicology deaths are rare, but the Latvian woman may have used other medicines.
The cleansing ceremony consisted largely of foreigners, reportedly organized by the Russian woman and a Colombian allegedly supplied the ayahuasca (photo: port of the fishing village of Zygi in Larnaca, Cyprus)
In recent years, the drug has grown in popularity and many Westerners have traveled to South America to experience its effects.
Celebrities like Sting, Lindsay Lohan and Paul Simon have talked about their use.
In 2014, British backpacker Henry Miller, 19, died in Colombia after taking the medicine with a local tribe.
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