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Celebrate Sustainable Palo Santo This Earth Day

Protection for Holy Wood: Palo Santo If you are an aficionado of aromatic Palo Santo incense or essential oil, you are probably aware that although the trees grow in various parts of the dry forests of the Andes, the biggest concentration of trees is…

April 17, 2017
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Tibetan Incense

When you hear the phrase “Tibetan Incense,” it could be referring to any number of incense types made mostly in Buddhist communes in the Indian and Chinese Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Taiwan and parts of Thailand and Sri Lanka. Incense from these places are…

March 17, 2017
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Whistling Vessels – Magical Mysteries

Whistling Vessels, Huacos Silbadores. Are they ancient artifacts, magical musical instruments or ritual shamanic tools? According to some, maybe all three.  These dual chambered ceramic vessels are designed to be filled with water and then either blown into or tipped back and forth by…

February 27, 2017
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The Promise of the Amazon

It wasn’t the kind of a job path advancement one might expect.  She had a dream:  to work as a wildlife rehabilitator.  She had three choices:  Mexico, Africa or Peru. She chose Peru. This step eventually turned into a job as an adventure tour…

January 24, 2017
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Incense Fit for the Mountain Gods

Life in the elevated levels of the Peruvian Andes Mountains can be tough and the climate can be the most diverse in the country. When storms blow, tearing across the rugged peaks, they are often accompanied by strong winds, killing lightning and damaging hail. …

September 30, 2016
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Tools of Sacred Plant Medicine Rapé

The first time Jon DeRosa arrived in the picturesque mountain town of Pisac in Peru’s Sacred Valley, it had been many years since he had practiced any of the earth based disciplines that he followed as a teenager. However, this trip which he embarked…

August 22, 2016
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Mystical Blue Stone: Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli has been a symbol for royalty, gods and goddesses, honor, spirit, wisdom and truth since the beginning of our history. It is said to facilitate a connection between the celestial and material realms, and assist in contacting guardian spirits. It can function…

July 26, 2016
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True Healing Transcends Words

While the healing arts of a shaman may feel mysterious at times, it wasn’t until I received healing from a Mayan woman at Cobá that I really understood how to receive pure energy without the need for explanation. This, I realized, is the true…

April 28, 2016
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New Exotic Essential Oil From the Peruvian Amazon

Introducing Moena Alcanforada From Peruvian Amazon comes a new essential oil. Shamans Market is proud to partner with the non-profit organization Camino Verde in introducing Moena alcanforada Essential Oil to the world.  This new product in essential oils is derived from trees planted and…

March 21, 2016
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A Dozen for Thanksgiving

  In this month where Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the US, Shamans Market looks at some of our favorite teachers and shares their wisdom about thankfulness as we express our gratitude to all our fellow travelers on this beloved planet. “The heartfelt embrace…

November 18, 2015
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THE LEGEND OF THE WORRY DOLLS

Worry Dolls are tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. The dolls are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes and stand one-half to 2 inches tall. Guatemalan artisans bind pieces of wood together or twist together short lengths of wire to create a frame and fashion a torso,…

July 20, 2015
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HOW MUSIC TRANSFORMS OUR WORLD

The wisdom of our ancestors (be it that of our bloodline or of our soul) is often contained within the vibrational element of sound. These words contain not only knowledge, but a deeply ingrained resonance that can alter the listener in even more profound…

May 19, 2015
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NEPALI DISASTER RELIEF

When news first broke about the Nepal earthquake and its accompanying avalanche, Shaman Market’s thoughts turned to our Nepali partners and what we could do to help. Many of them notified us of the steps they were taking to support disaster relief efforts for…

May 3, 2015
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HONOR EARTH DAY AND SUPPORT CAMINO VERDE

Camino Verde Seed Bank This Earth Day, Shamans Market salutes the good work of seed banks and the work of one of the charities we support, that of the social justice-minded organization known as Camino Verde.  Led by Robin Van Loon, Camino Verde is…

April 20, 2015
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MESTANA WEAVINGS OF PERU

Symbolism, energy and purpose Mestana cloths are wonderful woven expressions of the Peruvian Andean weavers’ worldview. Because many traditional weavers’ beliefs are that all creation is imbued with spirit, the patterns they weave into their textile goods also express this natural energy and spirit. A…

January 8, 2015