Insight into the spirituality of plants and their use in Garifuna healing modalities.

Dr. Arzu Mountain Spirit is a Garifuna healer based in Belize. We were honored to feature her healing work and transformational energy at the Goddess Pray Love Belize Retreat. Click here to learn more about her work.

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Healing With The Ancestors: Plant Spirits

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Mother Nature’s Healing Gifts

Garifuna people believe illness is caused by a lost connection between us (realm of man) and the Ancestors (realm of spirit). The role of the healer in our tradition is to repair the connection, thereby restoring health to the complete individual. Indigenous Garifuna healings are usually conducted in the context of a ceremony, where elements, totems, and the ancestral spirits of both the healer and the heal-ee are consulted with for help. My people are descendants of the Kalinagu Indians who migrated to the Caribbean from South America in the 11th century and later united with Africans who escaped slavery.

Our healing traditions derive from both Africa and those of the South American rain forest. Our ancestors left the Antilles of the Caribbean and traveled west towards the Bay Islands. The journey continued, creating Garifuna settlements along the coastlines of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and Honduras; where I was born into a long succession of matriarchal Garifuna healers who will forever be my teachers.

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