Canadian man Sebastian Woodroffe seen begging for his life moments before being lynched in Peru rainforest for ‘killing a female shaman’

Shocking mobile phone footage appears to show Sebastian Woodroffe begging for mercy while being dragged by the neck between thatch-roofed homes, before being left motionless on the muddy ground.

The 41-year-old was believed to have been studying natural medicine under Olivia Arevalo Lomas, an elderly shaman who ran a healing centre offering ayahuasca – an Indigenous hallucinogenic mixture.

The 81-year-old plant healer from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe was shot dead on Thursday, with Peruvian authorities describing Woodroffe was her killer.

Woodroffe was slayed on the same day. His body was found in an unmarked shallow grave in the forest just half a mile from Arevalo's home in Victoria Gracia in North East Peru.

Ms Lomas's murder has prompted outrage in Peru, following other unsolved murders of indigenous activists who had repeatedly faced death threats related to efforts to keep illegal loggers and oil palm growers off native lands.

Woodroffe, from British Columbia, was one of thousands of foreign tourists who travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, a bitter, dark-colored brew made of a mixture of native plants.

The hallucinogenic cocktail, also known as yage, has been used by indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as a cure for numerous ailments.

But it's also increasingly consumed by Western tourists looking for mind-altering experiences, sometimes with deadly consequences.

Arevalo was a staunch defender of indigenous people's rights in the region.

She also practised a traditional form of singing medicine that the Shipibo believe removes negative energies from individuals and a group alike.

In 2015, a Canadian fatally stabbed a fellow tourist from England after the two drank ayahuasca together in a spiritual ceremony a few hours' drive from where Woodroffe was killed.

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