Botanicals, Shamanic Tools, Incenses and Arts


Medium from Peru (SKU 4157)

Chakapas from Peru, the perfect accessory for every ceremony. Measurements are approximately: length 40-50 cm and width 40-50 cm.

These Chakapas are handmade in the amazonian jungle in Peru, where they are used as a rhythm and healing instrument. It is a bundle of leaves from the olyra latifolia plant, which make a hypnotic and soothing rattling sound when shaken. Traditionally the Chakapa is used by the shaman during ayahuasca ceremonies when icaros are also sung to help call in the spirit helpers. The sound of the Chakapa is said to comfort patients during the ceremony and can assist in "cleansing" the energy surrounding the patient. Shamans have a large variety of Chakapa movements that create different sounds and energy waves. It is said that once the shaman has caught any bad spirits in the Chakapa, it is then blown out through the leaves into the forest. There any negative energy is taken in by the trees and plants and dispersed in the purifying love of Mother Nature.

Other names: Shakapa chapaca