A group of 13 Peruvian shamans has performed spiritual rituals to help their country’s men’s football team beat Australia in a play-off and qualify for the 2022 World Cup
Peru face the Socceroos on Monday for a place at Qatar and the shaman conducted the ceremony on a hillside in Lima around a portrait of their country’s team.
They also had a picture of the Australia team poked with swords as one of the indigenous shaman blew a traditional wind instrument known as a pututo or caracola.
One of them, Shaman Walter Alarcon said “We have carried out a Peruvian victory ceremony. We have summoned all the shamans at a national level,”
“There are 13 shamans because Peru plays Australia on the 13 June, and we have foreseen Peru passing to the next round. Peru will be in Qatar for the World Cup because we have seen people’s joy, after taking ayahuasca plants.”
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic brew that has been used by shamans, or healers, in the Amazon for centuries for medicinal and spiritual purposes.