Backpacker died after taking part in ancient tribal ritual in Colombia

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Backpacker died after taking part in ancient tribal ritual in Colombia

A backpacker died after drinking an hallucinogenic herb during an ancient ritual in Colombia, an inquest heard.

After Henry Miller died, his body was dumped at the roadside by a member of a tribe.

The 19-year-old fell ill and had trouble breathing after drinking the herb known as yage or ayahuasca in April 2014.

He was rushed to hospital on the back of a motorbike by the son of the shaman leading the ceremony, it was said.

But when the man realised Henry had already died, he panicked and left the teenager’s body by the road, where it was discovered by police.

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At the inquest in Bristol, HM Senior Coroner Maria Voisin recorded Henry’s death, on April 23, 2014, as accidental.

In a statement read at his inquest, Henry’s fa ther David Miller said his son was a ‘curious young man’ who was interested in South American culture.

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He said Henry arrived in Bogota in February 2014 and was due to spend months in the continent before starting university later that year.

Days before the ritual, Henry attended a ceremony at the shaman’s cabin and drank three cups of yage, but felt nothing.

He paid 50,000 pesos (£13) to take part in the ritual, the inquest heard.

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Fellow traveller Christopher Deardon and his ex-girlfriend Elena met Henry at the hostel where they were staying on April 18.

In a statement, Mr Deardon said: ‘He asked if we were going to the ceremony and if we were taking yage.

‘It was clearly of interest to him, and he told us he would see us over there if he decided to take part in the ceremony.

‘That night I could hear Henry arrive at the camp and attempt t o speak with Mama Concha [the tribe’s liason].

‘A fellow traveller named Ian came up and translated to Henry that there would be no ceremony that night, but I heard Henry pay 50,000 pesos to take part in the next one.’

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