This bright and loud sounding rattle can be used in many different ways. You can use it as a percussion instrument, in early musical education or in therapeutic healing work, and it is easy to play, handy and good for travelling. Its sound spectrum is also wide. When shaken gently, the rattle has a meditative and calming effect, while fast rattling awakens energy and leads to attentive concentration, while strong and punctual rattling is said to dissolve negative powers. If you play the shaman rattle with a steady rhythm and give yourself completely to the game, you can even fall into a trance-like state.
Our Shipibo shaman rattle is made by the women of the Shipibo-Conibo people in the Amazon lowlands of Peru. The sounding body is made of the so-called tutuma fruit of the calabash tree and is decorated with spiritual ornaments.
Traditionally, the shaman receives melodies and energy lines during an ayahuasca ceremony from the other, transcendent world. He then passes on the graphic patterns, called quené, to the women of the community. The Shipibo women then materialise the quené on textiles, vessels or even the rattles. Thus, each Shipobo rattle is unique and carries the spiritual world of the Shipibo with its sacred ornamental lines.
The rattles are also used in shamanic healing ceremonies. During these ceremonies, the shaman contacts the other world in order to harmonise imbalanced energies. Among the Shipibo, the sacred songs, the icaro, play an important role. These melodies, which the healer receives and sings, are accompanied by chacapas and/or shaman rattles.