Chakapa | Chacapa | Shakapa | Ceremonial Leaf-Bundle Rattle

These Chakapas are made by a dear shaman friend from a Kichwa community in Rio Napo Province in the upper Amazon in Ecuador. This product can only be sent with registered shipping.

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Chakapa | Chacapa | Shakapa | Ceremonial Leaf-Bundle Rattle

This natural rattle of bundled leaves was made by a shaman friend from the Kichwa tribe in Rio Napo Province in the upper Amazon in Ecuador. He goes into his chakra(forest garden) with his wife and child to gather these wonderful leaves for us. Our chakapa is made with leaves from the typical chakapa bush (Pariana spp.) that Kichwa shamans traditionally use.

To send chakapas out of Ecuador and into any country, we fully dry the chakapas. Fresh leaves cannot be shipped to any country without numerous official documents, as they would be considered fresh plants. Drying the leaves does have implications for the functioning of the ‘chakapa’. By purchasing this item you accept that you will receive a fully dried chakapa. We wrap it carefully and ship it in custom-made cardboard boxes.

After receiving the ‘chakapa’, we recommend you carefully unwrap it and hang it in a moist area for a while, like in the bathroom near the shower. After that, you can straighten the leaves into their original shape.

Traditional use

Chakapa (sometimes spelled ‘shakapa’ or Latinized to ‘chacapa’) is a Kichwa word for a shaker or rattle constructed of bundled leaves. The ‘chakapa’ is possibly the most important shamanic tool used by shamans in the Amazon. ‘Chakapas’ are used to produce healing and relaxing sounds. They are a great tool to activate the powers in medicinal plants and to support deep cleaning of energies and forces.

Voice of the Spirits 

Among the Yagua, an indigenous people from Colombia, 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 chants) when calling for spirit helpers and to carry the sacred rhythms needed for healing and cleansing (in healing rituals in other parts of the world it is known as ‘Chi Banishment’). Tobacco, rattle, and chants 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 ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies and cleans the energy surrounding the patient. Shamans 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) transformed into dirt, food, love, or life itself.

More Information:

Chacapa ASMR- 30 Minutes 


Our products are not certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. Our products are not sold and intended for human consumption. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically., its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

We can only ship Chakapa through Registered shipping.

For shipping to all countries except the USA, we offer two types of shipping:
    • Registered shipping: This comes with tracking and is faster than our free shipping.
    • Free shipping: For this service no tracking is available. It tends to be half as quick as the registered shipping. But hey, if you're not in a hurry and tracking is not important please do use this reliable shipping option!
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When you place an order in our web shop, you will automatically see the shipping options that are available, depending on your cart contents and the US state you are shipping to. For different states we use different methods.
Free Shipping from USA: For customers ordering only our Mimosa hostilis Hidden Valley and/or Mexican MHRBs, we have also established a warehouse that will exclusively ship to our customers from within the US.  This has the advantage of offering tracked shipping without having to pass through customs and a delivery time of only 3-4 working days. Orders will be shipped with USPS Priority mail.  This service is available for Mimosa only orders.  Any other products will need to ordered separately and will be shipped from the Netherlands.   Good to know: All of our orders are packed and shipped discreetly with only the obligatory information such as shipping and return address on the outside. Registered orders outside of Europe are sent with PostNL who hand your order over to the national postal service of your country. For instance in the US, packages are handed over to the USPS. Registered orders within Europe are sent with DPD. Fast and trackable at all times. Our Free shipping option is slow(er) but very reliable too. Estimated shipping time for outside Europe is between two to four weeks depending on postal flows.
For valuable orders we would advise choosing the Registered option.