Authentic Matses Torches (shupiwi)


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Ideal for OUTSIDE ceremonial fires, these torches, made by the Matses Indians of the Rio Galvez, are made from banana leaves wrapped around dried copal, sap from the copal tree. They burn VERY HOT, and the copal liquefies as it burns and splashes when touched with water, making them suitable only for adult use outside, in an area where they will not set anything on fire. But their light and the rich scent of burning copal make them perfect to use in ceremony. Each weighs nearly a kilo and will burn for several hours if used continuously, or will be useable over and over if used for a short time only.


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