Chakapa | Chacapa | Shakapa | Ceremonial Leaf-Bundle Rattle
This natural rattle of bundled leaves was made by a shaman friend from the Quechua tribe in Rio Napo Province in the upper amazon in Ecuador. He went into his chacra with his wife and child especially to gather these wonderful leaves for us. Our chakapa is made with leaves from the shacapa bush (Pariana spp.), which is the bush Quechua shamans traditionally use.
Shakapa (sometimes spelled shakapa or Latinized to shacapa) is a Quechua word for a shaker or rattle constructed of bundled leaves. The shakapa is possibly the most important shamanic tools used by shamans in the Amazon. Chakapa’s are used to produce healing and cleansing sounds and are a great tool to awaken medicinal power in medicines and to support deep cleansing of energies and forces.
Among the Yagua, the rattle is held to be the voice of the spirits. This rattle is used in ayahuasca, kambo and other ceremonies often in combination with the singing of icaros (sacred chats) call for spirit helpers and to carry the sacred rhythms needed for healing and cleansing (Chi Banishment). Tobacco, rattle, and song are mythologically interconnected and are very powerful when combined correctly and with strong intent.
The sound of the chakapa is said to comfort patients in an ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies and “cleans” the energy surrounding the patient. Shaman have a large variety of chakapa movements that create different sounds and energy waves; these movements match the coinciding icaro and healing that is being done at the time. Once the shaman or curandero catches the bad spirits in a chakapa, it is then blown out of the leaves into the forest. The spirits are taken in by mother earth (Pachamama) for which this dirt is food and which love to turn dirt into life once again.
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