"Rattles are one of the most ancient of musical instruments and occur naturally in such forms as dried gourds and seed pods. They are used in most all cultures, and are used to call in spirits, break up “stuck” energy, and are associated with the west on the Medicine Wheel. Rattles were used for healing and often they are used by shamans and students of shamanism for healing and journey work to help the healer go into trance state to connect with the spirit world, where they are guided or given advice on what to do to help those in need. Of course, they are also great rhythm instruments
Our fair trade, hand carved gourd maracas are made in Central Peru. The gourds are grown in the warm Central Valleys of the Andes, the costal oasis, and in the jungles. After harvest, they are thoroughly dried, skinned, and then sanded smooth. The designs are carved on the gourd without sketching, creating many intricate designs. Our designs vary let us pick one for you. Gourd carving is one of the oldest art forms in Peru and dates back to 2,500 BC."
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