2008/11/30

A good luck bird


Hello my friends. As you know, I'm trying to finish my thesis already, to be able to finally dedicate to this blog again.

A couple of months ago I started to notice a funny thing. Everytime I left home for work (7am), and I saw a Vermilion Flycatcher on my street I had "good luck" all day. Of course it could also be that beautiful birds make me smile always and maybe I just didn't notice the bad things happening around.

Anyway, I decided to proclaim this bird my "good luck bird", my "huayruro" on wings!

If you never heard of it before, I bet you are curious now. Well, keep reading and you'll find out!

The "Huayruro" (Ormosia) is a tree from the “fabaceae” family and it is at least 40 meters high. Its seeds are also named “huayruros”. They are shiny red (female), or red with a black spot (male). VERY beautiful. The seeds can be found in different sizes, personally, I preffer the tiny ones.

The Huayruro has many species, mainly found in the Amazon, extending to Central America and southern Mexico. Its name differs from country to country. The seed of huayruro is also called: bean of the luck, tintoria (Brazil), cairuro (Colombia), huayro, huayruro, (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador), etc.

The seed is a symbol of the origin from which all living beings are derived: plants, animals and humans. It is a symbol of fertility and abundance. It is also a symbol of good luck. In Peru it is used as an amulet to attract good luck and to protect against negative energies.

In several regions of the Peruvian Andes, the huayruro is used in religious ceremonies and in the Amazon region the native people use this seed to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and different handcrafted. This has extended to other regions and now you can find quite expensive jewelry made with these seeds.

10 comments:

T.R. said...

Oh I love the lucky beans! I found some last week in my jungle walk near the Tambopata River in Madre de Dios. I found both male and female. I was able to smuggle them past the sniffing beagle in Miami. This is the best explanation I have seen for them. Thank you.

Mel said...

Hello T.R.
Huayruros are beautiful and they have such power in some people's minds, that you end up believing in the good vibrations they could bring back to you ;)
Great to know you were visiting my lovely country! Too bad we didn't get to meet!

ivars krafts said...

Thank you for that interesting explanation!

RuthieJ said...

I would feel very lucky to see a Vermilion Flycatcher some day too.

Meggie said...

Such interesting information, Mel! Thanks! The Vermillion Flycatcher is such a beautiful bird. I hope it continues to bring you good luck.

BONIL said...

Hola MEL, vi tu visita en mi blog. Gracias por tu comentario. Te cuento que yo vivo en una zona apartada de Quito donde hay muchos árboles. Hasta ahora he visto 10 especies de aves, sin contar con las gallinas del vecino...
Te invito a que veas unas fotos de mi viaje a la Reserva Ecológica del Bosque Lluvioso del Cuyabeno, en donde estuve recientemente.

http://bonilperiodismo.blogspot.com/2008/11/viaje-al-cuyabeno.html

Saludos

Mel said...

Hola a todos :)

Ivars, I'm glad you find it interesting. I like learning about a lot of things, and this kind of fact is fascinating.

Ruthie! If I win the lottery and am able to invite all my dear blogging friends over here, be sure that you'll be able to see many!

Meggie, I hope it keeps bringing me good luck too, at least, I'll think positive everytime I see one, so only good things could happen to me ;)

Bonil, me voy a dar una vuelta por tu blog nuevamente. En marzo tuve la oportunidad de visitar Guayaquil pero no pude llegar a Quito, a ver si a través de tus ojos voz conociendo algo :)

Sekhar said...

:)

Mel said...

¡Hola Sekhar!
Your smiley cheered up my day ;)

Q said...

Dear Mel,
Every day is a lucky day....knowing you is knowing happy and lucky.
Thank you for explaining about the Huayruos. I shall do some research so I can learn more. One of these days I will travel to see you and all your beautiful birds and trees and customs. Peru is a facinating country.
I am sending lots of energy your way.
hugs,
Sherry