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African Dream Bean Shaker


 • Product Size: 7" L

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Charles Ndibe

These African shakers are crafted in Ghana from "magical" African dream beans (Entada rheedii) strung on strong colorful plastic twine. The shakers make a beautiful rattling sound and can be attached to shoes or clothing to add extra percussion when dancing. The beans, considered magical by many cultures around the world, are used traditionally in South Africa to invoke vivid dreams.

Size: 4.5"L x 4.5"W x 6"T

Slight variations may occur due to this shaker being hand made from natural materials. Color of twine varies between each shaker. 

  • The Dream Seed...

    Entada rheedii seeds have been used for dream enhancement by tribal shamans for hundreds of years. 

    In addition to the “gateway to the spirit world” role that African Dream Herb fulfills in tribal rituals, it has also been used as medicine. The ailments it apparently treats are jaundice, ulcers, and various muscle-related problems. Some people use it for toothaches.

    African natives aren’t the only ones who use Entada rheedii for ritual purposes. The same is apparently true for natives of India. In India, the seeds are consumed after being roasted and soaked in water.

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    Charles Ndibe

    At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.


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