The Tale of the Huayruro in Celebration of Peruvian Independence Day

By Evelyn Brooks | July 28, 2012

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As many of you know, the majority of my latest jewelry designs has been made

using the huayruro seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

The solid red seeds are said to be female

red and black is male

and the tiny red and black seeds are said to be the babies.

Let me share with you the story behind the huayruros not only for Peruvians but for many different countries around the world.

History and other cultures

Not only is this seed beautiful in color, but it is also a part of my Peruvian culture. The native Peruvians believe the seed brings positive energy, happiness, fertility, good luck and wards off negative energy. They also make huayruro bracelets for newborns to help keep them safe from harm. Perhaps due to the two colors on the seed, that’s why native Peruvians believe the seed to have dual properties: give the positive and ward off the negative.

Not only does the huayruro seed belong to my Peruvian culture, other cultures signify it as well.

In France, the French call the seed Panacoco. They believe the seeds  attracts wealth and abundance as well as ward off negative energy.

In Barbados, the huayruro is called Crab Eye or Sailor’s Valentine. I find the Sailor’s Valentine name interesting because in the 1880’s when English and American sailor’s would embark on their voyage back home, they would take these seeds as souvenirs and tokens of love to their wives or girlfriends.

In Puerto Rico, they are called peonias – believed to intensify the power of whatever they touched.

Here’s a list of other countries around the world and what they call the seed:

  • Brazil- Tintoria & Olheo de cabra
  • Costa Rica- Nene/Chumico
  • Trinidad and Tobago, French Guiana, Jamaica- Jambee Beads
  • Colombia- Chochos

Generally, the seed symbolizes just about the same in every culture. Rather than simply bringing good luck and warding off negative energies, I’ve also heard that the huayruro seed is a symbol for the origin from which all living beings are derived: plants, animals and even humans. That’s why some believe the seed to symbolize fertility and abundance. Because of the seed’s emblematic nature, they have played an important role in my culture and life.

My Personal Story with the Huaryros

Throughout the years that I have been working with the huayruro seeds, I believe they have truly brought many blessings not only to my family, but to my business. I firmly believe the mystical power of the huayruros helped my business stay afloat during the rocky economy. Of course I had to be creative with my products as well, but who knows, maybe the huayruros inspiration helped me create some of my top selling designs.

Here’s a little story you may find funny. During one of my visits to Peru; I bought huayruro seeds to make my pieces. I stopped by my father’s office. Unnoticed by us, a few seeds fell out of my huayruro bag. A few nights later my dad found them, put them in his pocket, and went to the casino and won $5000.

My mother, too, always carries them in her purse.  We believe it’s always good to have one in your wallet/purse so you never run out of money. However, my husband, who is an American, does not believe in the power of the huayruro. He tells me if you always work hard, you will have money. Perhaps I will write another blog about the Peruvian traditions my husband does not believe, although he does respect my culture…if he knows what’s good for him ;)

Keeping up with with the Peruvian tradition, when I had my son, Tyler, about 3 years ago, I created and had him wear a huayruro baby bracelet and use him as a model for my baby line.

     

 

Sidenote: If you all want to check out my Mommy & Me collection, just watch the video below :)

Hope you enjoy this amazing story it took me months to gather the information and I interview many of my customers from many different cultures who knew about the huayruro but with its different name.

To all Peruvian all over the world let’s celebrate together our Indenpendence Day (July 28th) – Feliz 28!!!

Hasta la proxima,

Evelyn