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The painting is based on an actual pictograph from pre-contact Peru. The image shows an unfortunate person being taken by a crocodile… but that is not quite the truth. What’s really happening is that the victim has been afflicted by an illness but that the crocodile is actually a malevolent shaman. The surface of the water is a veil between the underworld where spirits reign and the normal world of our senses.
The victims may recover, but will be pressed for whatever they may have ‘seen’ during his or her illness. People who experience hallucinations during such times are believed to have valuable knowledge of past, present and future events because of their time in the ‘spiritual realm’.