However, not all the shamans who took part in the colourful ceremony agreed and a number of senior shamans came out in favour of the Netherlands.
This isn’t the first time Osco, sometimes known as “Shaman of the Andes”, has led a ceremony in which the shaman disagreed. In October 2008, the Peruvian shaman devined the results of the American election; 9 came out in favour of Obama and 2 for John McCain. Juan Osco predicted the Obama win.
In 2003, Osco predicted that Osama bin Laden would not be captured or handed over and would remain a mystery.
The healer shamans of the Amazon Basin are fairly common in the coastal regions and hills of the country and are known as curanderos.
The word “curandero” transates directly from Spanish to mean “healer”.
Within the Curanderos there are different types of shaman. The “Yerberos” as specialise in herbalism, “Parteras” who act as midwives and the “Hueseroes” and “Sobaderos” who are bone and muscle therapists. All types of Curanderos are believed to have supernatural powers.