“The Wind of the Forest”The Chacapa or Shacapa is an ancient ritual instrument of South American curanderos and is one of the most important utensils of an ayahuasca ceremony.
It is made from the leaves of the Freshgrass family Parianastenolemma TUTIN (Huairasacha), native to the Amazon region. The music of the chacapa – which it is called the “wind of the forest”, and which can be caused by rustling and shaking the instrument – serves during the ritual on the one hand the acoustic rhythm, at the same time it has a calming and energetic cleansing effect.
During the healing treatment, the shaman rubs, rattles and shakes his chacapa as long as around the patient’s body – basically from top to bottom – until the incoherent energy patterns have taken on a harmonious form again. This process is accompanied by the singing of the healing Icaros as well as the use of incense.
Mythologically, the Huairasacha plant says that she is the daughter of Huairayaya (Father Wind) and Pachamilli (Mother Earth). It came to earth once with the so-called yachacruna (wise people). These are the ancestors that emerged from the sun’s rays of Intiyaya (Father Sun) and descended to the earth; in their hands they held saint Huairasacha.
Country of origin: Peru
It is a fan used by a shaman for healing and ritual ceremonies including Ayahausca ritual and personal space clearings.
This shamanic tool is brushed and tapped over areas of the body where energy may be stuck or held. This held ‘heavy’ energy is cleared by the Chakapa and blown away, creating a very powerful clearing healing that brings balance to the body and aura. This cleanses, refreshes and harmonises the energy field.
- Approx size and leaf number varies due to size of each fan leaf.
- Heavier thicker fan would be the 30. 15 is lighter and smaller.
- Approx height 19″ including handle x 15″-17″ across.