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Seti Gershberg
Sacred Valley - Peru
Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer, Visual Artist, Wayfarer, Shamanic Initiate, Anthropologist
Interests: Live Video Projection, HDR/Time Lapse Photography, Adventurous Exploration and Travel, Electronic Music Production, Documentary Filmmaking, Shamanic Journeying
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Noise Industries a leading provider of special effects plugins for the film and boradcast industry has joined The Path of the Sun as a sponsor by providing their award winning FX Factory Pro set of plugins. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Path of the Sun
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Much progress on the film has been made since June when I returned to the US from Peru. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Path of the Sun
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The visual expression in film of an abstract thought or idea is often a difficult process when one seeks to illustrate something for others when it has only been seen within ones own mind. This is especially true if one desires to express the vision of a psychadelic experience. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at The Path of the Sun
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Good things come to those who wait…. This proverb without known origin may not be shamanic wisom, or maybe it is, but in either case I have found the statement to be true for filmmaking. In the early Fall of 2013 I was looking at a festival poster on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at The Path of the Sun
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In July, I moved to the very special and wonderful Nevada City, CA in the High Sierras. It’s simply beautiful here with all the giant Sequoias and Oaks, scenic mountains and Yuba River. The town is also a great placed filled with all sorts of artists and musicians and people with an “open conscious”. It has turned out to be a perfect place to edit The Path of the Sun. So, where am I at with the project? Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
This video clip is part of a collection of interviews conducted with shaman, mystics, academics and authors while filming the documentary The Path of the Sun. The film is about shamanism, ancient wisdom and sacred plants and tries to answer the question "what value does shamanism have for the global community in the 21st century? Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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Ayahuasca is a sacred plant and brew. It’s medicinal and diagnostic effects have been utilized by Curanderos in over 72 Mestizo and indigenous groups throughout the Amazon. These “non-medical” healers work to relieve ones sickness, malady and soul with the sacred brew. Ayahuasca is made from the vine Banesteriopsis Caapi and the Chacruna leaf Psychotria viridis containing one of the most powerful hallucinogens known to man DMT N-dimethyltryptamine. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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On October 21st, 2013 at 1 pm I will be interviewed on KNCO by Talk Radio Hosts Tom Fizsimmons and Hollie Grimaldi Flores and on October 24th, 2013 at noon I will be interviewed on KVMR by Mikail Graham on his show The Other Side. The talks for each show will center around and upcomming Lecture I will be giving at Elixart in Nevada City on October 27th at 6pm regarding Medicinal Plants. The Lecture is entitled "Medicinal Miracle or Madness? Ayahuasca. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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Rare "Film" Footage of the Q'ero Obtained for The Path of the Sun. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
I was recently interviewed by Lainie Liberti from the "unschooling" blog Raising Miro on the Road of Life In the interview I talk about shamanism, ancient knowledge and sacred plants, as well as my own personal transformative experience I have had on this journey to Peru to work and live with shaman and film a documentary. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
Hi Beate7, I am glad you had a chance to meet Don Humberto last month. I have been working with him in Peru personally for over 18 months and just last night returned from the Qoyllur Riti Festival where I had been camping with him and his sons Guillermo and Rolando as well as much of the Q'ero nation over the four day event (you can read more about the Qoyllur Riti Festival here http://tinyurl.com/ogwe9s5). In my opinion as an Anthropologist and one who has studied shamanism both from an academic perspective as well as an experiential one as I am fully initiated with the Q'ero, Don Humberto and all of the spiritual leaders of the Q'ero Nation including Pampamesoyaqs and Altomesoyaqs are in fact "Shaman". The term "Paqo" is simply their term for a spiritual practitioner used to describe what they do in much the same way a Rabbi, Priest Imam or Monk use a label to describe what they do, yet in a general sense they are all Religious leaders. When analyzing the Q'ero belief system, ritual and ceremony under the lens of the definition of what it is to be a shaman they qualify. It is not accurate to say that because the Q'ero do not use drums or sacred plants for visioning they are not shaman, as the term shaman is a "general" or "umbrella" term that describes the varied practices and beliefs of many types of non-religious yet spiritual healers. In this sense a Paqo is a type of shaman.
Qoyllur Riti “An Inca Festival Celebrating the Stars” re-posted by Shaman's Portal Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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The Inca followed both solar and lunar cycles throughout the year. However, the cycle of the moon was of primary importance for both agricultural activities and the timing of festivals, which reflected in many cases celebrations surrounding animal husbandry, sowing seeds and harvesting of crops. Important festivals such as Qoyllor Riti (Resplendent Snow or Snow Star), perhaps the most important festival given its significance and meaning, are still celebrated on the full Moon. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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A despacho is an offering. It creates a “right” relationship between us and the spirit world on all three planes of existence through the practice of ayni. Don Manuel Quispe a Q'ero Elder and Altomesoyaq of the Q'ero Nation says of a Despacho ""The despacho is a gift--a giving back of what we receive everyday in our lives. We seek, through the despacho ceremony, to bridge the ordinary and non-ordinary realms; to establish new patterns of relationship and possibility. The despacho places us in right relationship, right ayni, with the Pachamama." Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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The Q'eros believe they are the direct bloodline descendants of the Inka. It was in the late 1950's when a group of explorers headed by Anthropologist Oscar Nunez Del Prado went high up into the Andes to meet with the community for the first time. They found that many of the Q'ero lived at altitudes that exceeded 14,000 feet. Their homes were primitive stone huts, had dirt floors and grass thatched roofs. They claimed then and today that their shamanic ways are derived from the same practices of the Inka and tap into universal energy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
The author does state correctly that many people are coming to Peru and other countries where the Ayahuasca "brew" is legal in search of the myriad benefits offered by the sacred plant medicine. However, Kelly Hearn unfortunately takes a wrong turn in concluding incorrectly that " what many of them (ayahuasca tourists) find is a nightmare. " The reality is that the overwhelming majority of travelers numbering in the tens of thousands each year find exactly what they are looking for, and that is answers to their personal issues, healing old emotional wounds, cures for their disease and addictions, confronting and overcoming fears, enhanced and broader spiritual beliefs, expansion of their consciousness and improved personal outlook and relationships with others. The medicine works! Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
The Path of the sun is seeking $5,000 in financing through Kickstarter in order to raise funds for 100 film festival submissions. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to secure funds for film festival entry fee submissions. Additional funding outside of Kickstarter is in place to purchase editing equipment,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at The Path of the Sun
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On November 14th Seti Gershberg the filmmaker and creative force behind The Path of The Sun was interviewed on Planetary Consciousness Radio a program of Planeta 2013 Radio Web by Host Gerardo Said and Co-host Maria Clara Castaneda regarding the film and ideas and concepts pertaining to the shamanism of Q'eros and the Andean Cosmovision. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
Click here for The Path of The Sun project link. Just in time for the holiday season the Kickstarter campaign for the Path of the Sun has launched. If you are not familiar, Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that has helped raise over $450 million dollars for creative projects.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
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I am happy to announce that I will be exhibiting 10 photos of Q'eros children at the Museo Del Arte Contemporaneo Del Cusco as part of a larger exhibit featuring paintings and digital prints by Peruvian artist Martha Morales Polar who's theme is children. My exhibit is called Q'eros -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
The major premise of the documentary The Path of the Sun is that indigenous culture, shamanistic practice, wisdom and knowledge learned through 1,000's of years of human experience and observation as expressed through the ceremonial and ritualistic practices and belief has value to us in the 21st century. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
Seti Gershberg is now following liza cowan
Oct 23, 2012
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The blog for the Path of the Sun, a documentary film about shamanism and why the belief systems of indigenous people are important to the modern world, was selected as Blog of the Week on Typepad.com Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
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(c) Geremia Commetti Q’eros: A Study in Survival is a paper written by Photographer and Filmmaker John Cohen. In 1957 John spent seven months in Peru studying the people and taking photographs. When John went to Q'eros he discovered that some of the elders still used the quipu, a system... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at The Path of the Sun
A curated "blog within a blog" of articles found around the web on Shamanism, Sacred Plants and Mysticism Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at The Path of the Sun