“We turn into snakes by eating chile.”
“This whale cannot stop singing from the bottom of the sea.”
- Francisco Alarcón, 104 Snake Poems
Human metamorphosis and transference are essential characteristics of folk biology
and physics. A proposition at the heart of rustic science is that the soul can enter and animate any living creature or inorganic object at will. An exchange of form can take place voluntarily or under the influence of psychotropic phenomena.
In ceremonies involving hallucinogenics, shamans routinely assume exotic shapes, personalities and instincts. Once in a new host, seers take on the mystical roles of their chosen mode of being. This democratic union imparts magical qualities and strengths to both human and non-human participants. In the process of putting on new coverings of skin, leather or scale, matter becomes malleable!