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Yawanawa Shaneihu | Spiritual Strength

Yawanawa Shaneihu | Spiritual Strength

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Vibrational Essence:

  • Calming & Meditative: Induces a state of calmness and deep meditation.
  • Persistent Effect: Provides a pleasantly persistent effect.
  • Earthy & Grounding: Grounds and connects to the earth's energy.

Blend Profile: With most real Yawanawa hapé the recipe is predictable: it is the classic, and as some of the older members of the tribe say, the only recipe that truly deserves the name Yawanawa; Rustica and Tsunu ashes. Naturally the younger generation is more flexible in their recipes.

Where many of the Yawanawa hapé's are made with a lot of ash and such are normally a more light grey tone this one is more yellowish, having less ash then what you see a lot, but is also not too much on the rustica, a very well based hapé, with nice earthy tones in the appearance and in the effect. It is not as sharp on the sinuses and the initial hit is not as abrupt or painful as some. It imparts a gentle warming with the rustica coming through with an almost peppery sensation. It is a very calming, meditative and pleasantly persistent in effect.

As the recipe is often similar, what makes the character of the different Yawanawa hapé's or 'Rumã' as they call it in their language, is the energy of the one who makes it. His intention, his focus, his state of mind, the whole energy of the person is in the finished hapé. That’s why it is important that the maker is dedicated to the spirituality of his people and he never looses sight that he is making hapé for others to heal themselves or connect to their spirituality.

Shaneihu Yawanawa lives in the village Yawarani in the tribal lands on the Gregorio River in Acre, Brazil, the Yawanawa territory. His stepfather named the village and was, after his grandfather, one of the last two medicine men from the old days. Yawa and Tata who both passed away in the last few years, Yawa living until a respectable 105 years of age. Shaneihu did his "Muka" diet with Yawa, probably being the last person that did this one year initiation diet with the old man. The last batch of his hapé, or Rumã, (Yawanawa Shaneihu Dieta) was made during the diet and like that got its name. His diet ended already some time ago and so this new batch is not made during the diet but still is made with the correct prayers, intention and knowledge of someone initiated the proper way.

Shaneihu is mostly known for his musical qualities, he has a beautiful CD called Kanaro. All songs are in the Yawanana Pano language. A man of many talents.

About The Tribe

Exploring the Yawanawa Tribe....

Situated along the picturesque Gregoria River, nestled between Peru and Bolivia, and not far from Acre, is the Yawanawa tribe. Their language is part of the diverse Pano linguistic family, native to Western Amazonia. The tribe's economy heavily relies on hunting and fishing, especially during adverse weather conditions when these activities become crucial for their sustenance.

Intertribal Relations and Historical Development
The Yawanawá, known as 'the people of the wild boar', share their lands harmoniously with the neighboring Katukina tribe. Marriages between members of the two tribes, as well as alliances with foreign groups, are common and date back to the colonial era. Initially, these alliances were formed around the exploitation of resources like caoutchouc. However, modern alliances are more focused on sustainable practices that support the cultural and economic stability of these tribes.

Shamanic Beliefs and Practices
Shamanism is deeply rooted in Yawanawa culture. The journey to becoming a shaman is rigorous, involving numerous tasks and trials, such as the daunting task of extracting the heart of an anaconda or facing a swarm of bees. Candidates must adhere to strict dietary restrictions, avoiding meat, fruits, and sweets, and focus solely on traditional medicine for a year. Hallucinogenic plants, including ayahuasca, pepper, datura, Hapé, and Rustica juices, play a significant role in their initiation ceremonies.

The "rare muca" plant is revered as the most sacred among the Yawanawa. Its root is consumed only during special ceremonies, primarily by men embarking on the path to become warriors or healers. These initiation rituals are marked by unique incantations, the use of smudging herbs, and the recitation of prayers.

Hapé Tradition
Historically, the Yawanawa tribe adopted the use of Hapé following the passing of a revered healer. This sacrament is believed to cure ailments of the mind, psyche, and body, facilitating a deeper spiritual connection and enabling astral travel. The Yawanawa's Hapé, known as “Rume”, is a distinctive blend, primarily composed of Txunú tree bark ash and a strong Rustica, similar to mapacho.

The Txunú tree bark, known for its healing properties, is often used in Amazonian tribes, particularly in ayahuasca ceremonies. It enhances the ceremonial experience, easing symptoms like vomiting and aiding in spiritual cleansing. Initially, only male tribe members and the pajé, or medicine man, were permitted to use Hapé. However, this changed with the initiation of Hushahu Yawanawá, the tribe’s first female shaman. Her leadership and expertise in creating Hapé have earned her national recognition and inspired other women to pursue shamanism.

Today, Hushahu is one of the Yawanawá's most esteemed spiritual leaders, known for her exceptional Hapé snuff. Her contributions have not only enriched the tribe's shamanic traditions but have also played a pivotal role in advancing the status of women within the tribe and beyond.

We thank the Yawanawa peoples for sharing their love, knowledge, traditions and wonderful plant allies with us.

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