La Profezia della Curendera by H. H. Mamani has been a way point in the rediscovery of ourselves started before our trip and leading to it.
As a child, Kantu is struck by a lightning that instead of killing her, gives her the gift of foresight . Soon she starts to have the first visions but the events that she foresees are not always positive. Being too young to control such a big power, she decides to ask for help to the healer of her village, Anselmo. She wants to “recover”, to get rid of her new gift. Anselmo does as she asks and Kantu goes back to being a “normal” girl.
Although Kantu comes from a family of indigenous farmers, she spends most of her time in Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, where she studies, she grows up, she becomes a beautiful woman and she falls in love.
She falls head over heels in love with Juan. However, soon she realizes the true nature of this guy: he’s a free spirit who doesn’t want to bond with anyone, definitely not with only one woman. He’s often out of town for work and soon Kantu finds out that, although he does like her, he sees other women.
Kantu is desperate. She often asks Anselmo, the healer, for advice, hoping that at some point he will see a happy marriage with Juan in his coca leaves. However, the omens are not positive at all.
She starts to realize that maybe the power she was given when she was a child could be the solution to her pains of love. She follows Anselmo’s advice and, after having saved some money – in the meantime she has finished her studies and has become a teacher – she decides to leave to go and visit Anselmo’s master, the powerful healer Condori.
This is how the adventure of this young girl starts and how she discovers her courage, the ancient wisdom of her ancestors and the mysteries of nature. It’s a very hard path, full of obstacles that often bring her close to death. It’s a path of discipline, resolution, practice, trust and, above all, love, to overcome every fear and discover herself.
What we loved
La Profezia della Curandera is a tribute to women and to their immense power, of which few of them are aware today. The main character, Kantu, completely ignores what she is able to do and even gets to the point of refusing her gift. Behind a great man is a great woman? Nope. H.H. Mamani goes much beyond:
“As far as the light of love shines in the woman’s heart, the world is safe. But if that love drops away, then hate and indifference will spread and will destroy it”
What could have been better
We need to admit that the love story narrated in this book is not one of the most original. It’s the classic story of the girl who falls in love with the wrong guy and suffers for being refused and cheated. Could the plot have been better? Maybe. It’s still a very beautiful soul-searching journey which raises many questions on the way we live, especially on how we deal with our relationships and their dynamics of power.
Who we recommend it for/ Recommended for
Definitely to everyone, women and men. Without doubt, women will find it more interesting, possibly identifying themselves with the main character. However, we would still recommend this reading to those men who wish to have another tool to better understand the female world. Generally speaking, being this the story of a woman who rediscovers her own nature reconnecting with her culture and learning the shamanism practice, we recommend it to anyone who is interested in this world and who believes in the big potential of the indigenous people.
As H.H.Mamani states, Kantu’s one is a true story. Every human being, man or woman, should have the possibility to undertake a path like this. It’s about a journey inside and outside oneself, to dig in depth and understand our inextinguishable bond with Natura (Pachamama) of which we all are shining fragments.
 As Mamani reminds us, according to the Andean tradition, those who are struck by a lightning – and who are called Alto Misayoq – will become great ministers. The “rite of passage” consists of being struck three times: the first lightning kills, the second one disintegrates the boy and the third one puts it back together. From Approfondimenti sulla Spiritualità Andina, H. H. Mamani