Shaman's Rattle Root
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The use of this root as a rattle/sound producer in tribal animistic rituals or Vedic shamanism equals for the spiritual and surpasses for the animistic (body) position that dry lotus pods hold. The seeds are ground up after the ceremony and the resin-like waxy mixture is smoked with tobacco or lotus petals in a traditional mix called hokah or gudakhu by the shaman.
Traditionally, this rare herb was also used as a dream catcher. The user would shake the rattle 3 times over their head and then their feet in clockwise circles, putting the herb under their pillow after that to experience a truly deep sleep.
Rattles are made for healing using materials that possessed healing energy, and others for spirit work. Shaman rattles were made out of many different items such as turtle shells, plant pods, gourds and rawhide. Rattles were used for healing but more often to help the shaman go into a trance state to connect with the spirit world where they are guided or given advice on what to do to help those in need.
The Todas are a small pastoral community living on the 7,000 Nilgiri Hills in South India. They believe in 1600 or 1800 superior godlike beings, the two most important being On and Teikirzi. Along with the Aboriginals of Australia, they are the only known people to use plant pods in ritualistic healing shaman rituals.
Tribal specialists also used herbal remedies, cauterization, divination, and exorcism to treat the more intractable cases. These people were highly respected and had considerable social power.
According to Rätsch, "Because the traveling herbs, as a rule, are utilized to increase shakti or to obtain secret information from nature, their use is usually not revealed."
Shaman's rattle root was used by tantric alchemists as an aphrodisiac, and was also ground up for use in the manufacture of the native "Gudakhu" tobacco smoked in hookahs.
A shaman's rattle is reputed to hold strong powers and frequently stored in its own medicine bag. Rattles, for those drawn to them, are very powerful tools and should always be handled with proper care and reverence.
This product is not intended or sold for ingestion by humans or animals. It is sold only for use as an incense or for smoking. WARNING: Smoking anything, including herbal products of any kind, are harmful to the body.