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Handmade Shipibo Bone Kuripe with Crystal Point

We are excited and grateful to provide these gorgeous handmade kuripes from a Shipibo artisan family from Pucalpa, Peru. These pieces are gorgeous, strong and durable applicators that will last for many years. This is a custom design, available in limited quantity, featuring sustainably harvested & recycled sheep bone, a crystal point and Shipibo art. These are high quality pipes that will last many years!

***Crystal type chosen at random. You can specify the color crystal you would like (purple amethyst, citrine or clear quartz) in the notes section of your order and we will do our best to accommodate you.***

For thousands of years the Shipibo tribe have been producing visual art, inspired by the rivers of knowledge of the sacred Ayahuasca plant. The designs are not merely an art, but they are invested with a story about a family and a tribe. Each item carries with it a story inspired by the healing plants of the jungle.

What is the prayer behind the "Kené" (Shipibo-Conibo) Art?

Kené art is the design of lines systems and geometric patterns made by indigenous women of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe from the Ucayali región - Peru. The Kené have a deep symbolic significance as they represent the worldview of their people, as well as energy pathways, the Milky Way, the geography of the forest, the animals, the plants, and the design of the Universe. Kené are the healing visions that come when one consumes mother plants for therapeutic purposes. The Kené, or icaros, are sung, woven, & guarded in the ancestral timeline of the Shipibo People. They also represent knowledge, culture, history and aesthetics of the Shipibo people, revealing their origin and the close links between the community and their territory.

Hapé is a powerful plant medicine used to focus the mind, release negative energies, and connect you with the Creator through deep, restorative prayer. Our applicators take on all the energy that we let go of in each hapé prayer, and so over time, they do start to carry this weight.

That is why it’s important to cleanse your applicator regularly. You can do so with sage or copal, or by using one of our healing lotions and applying a special prayer for cleaning.

Even so, there comes a time when our applicator has completed its service. It often synchronizes with the completion of a period of tremendous spiritual growth, a chapter closing, or the intention to begin to call forth a new prayer into your life. Of course, applicators also wear with use, and so eventually, there comes a point when your applicator is no longer serving its purpose as well as you would like.

When this occurs, it is important to give your kuripe or tepi back to the Earth in prayer as a spiritual offering. You can plant the applicator, along with offerings of sage, tobacco, or cedar, giving thanks for all the prayers it witnessed and supported during its time with you. It can also be given as a form of spiritual payment, asking the Earth Mother to help you let go of something that has been holding you back, or planting it with the intention of calling forth a new way of being into your life.

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