Natemamu

THE NATEMAMU & TUNAKARAMAMU RITUAL

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The Natemamu is one of the deepest rituals of the Shuar that purifies all physical and spiritual cells. It is very healing and harmonizes the life of the participant and all his relations. Natem will be prepared without other plants added and will be drunk in huge quantity.
This 10 days lasting program also includes the ancient ceremony of TUNAKARAMAMU, the ritual of the waterfalls,that helps to support the participant during the 4 days of the Natemamu.

Schedule of the Natemamu per day

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  1. Arrival of the participants
    opening ceremony with NATEM
    to send messages to the ARUTAM of the waterfalls
  2. walk to the waterfalls
    leaving the house in the morning
    arriving at AYAMTAY (which means place to rest)
    taking tobacco to go to the waterfall
    Ritual of TUNAKARAMAMU
    drinking a bowl of tobacco at AYAMTAY
    spending the night in the forest with the effects of the tobacco
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  1. first day of NATEMAMU
    arriving at the house in Kupiamais
    preparing the medicine for the night
    drinking the medicine prepared as a tea in huge quantity
  2. second day of NATEMAMU
    preparing the medicine for the night
    drinking the medicine prepared as a tea in huge quantity
  3. third day of NATEMAMU
    preparing the medicine for the night
    drinking the medicine prepared as a tea in huge quantity
  4. fourth day of NATEMAMU
    preparing the medicine for the night
    drinking the medicine prepared as a tea in huge quantity
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  1. closing the NATEMAMU in the morning with tobacco,
    blessing the aliments,
    day of resting
  2. ceremony at the beach with NATEM
  3. ceremony at the house with NATEM,
    YANTSAU,tobacco and other plants,to completely purify all participants
  4. again ceremony with NATEM,YANTSAU,tobacco and other plants

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