The munachi is a Quachua charm used to enact
sexual love spells.
The Quechua peoiple live in the Andes, in what are now the nations
of Peru and Bolivia; soapstone munachi charms from either nation look identical.
"Munachi" is a Quechua word, a compound of the verb "muna" -- which means "to
desire, to want" or, when applied to human beings, "to love" -- and the
verb-modifying suffix "chi," which means "to cause to happen." One translation
for munachi is "to cause to love."
Like the modern North American Indescribable
Lucky Charm and the brass
Kama Sutra pocket pieces from Nepal, the
munachi represents a man and a woman engaged in coitus. The couple is shown in
the position Chretien de Troyes called "head-to-head, heart-to-heart, and
foot-to-foot," their arms wrapped about each other. They are kissing, faces
pressed together, and there is a hole drilled through the stone to reresent the
space where their necks do not touch.
The munachi is ued in a simple
love spell as follows:
Two hairs, one from each of the lovers, are either wrapped around the lovers'
necks or doubled and threaded through the little hole in the object and secured
by making a larkshead knot. (For folks who are unfamilar with knotcraft, a
larkshead is the knot that you often see used to attach sales tags to
merchandise; it can be made in a closed or an open loop of line.)
The munachi love spell
is not like the average
lucky charm or pocket piece
which is carried on the person because the hairs would be too valuable
and fragile to subject to casual handling. Once prepared, it is kept in a
safe place (e.g. beneath the marriage bed), or buried in the ground (e.g.
beneath the door stoop or the bedroom of newlyweds). The burial of soapstone
lucky charms and amulets
is a significant part of the rituals of the Quechua and their neighbors,
the Aymara. Similar Quechua
for marital fidelity and Quechua and Aymara
canopa, mulla, and chacra amulets for the fecundity of domestic animals
are carved of soapstone and activated by burial in "Pachamama," the Mother Earth.
MUNACHI #1, SOAPSTONE
This love spell
charm was made in Peru, but nearly identical ones come from Bolivia. A
small, crude carving of soapstone, it is 1 inch tall by 1/2 inch
wide by 1/4 inch thick, and roughly a long triangle in outline.
The figures can be positioned so that either partner is on top or so that both
partners are lying on their sides facing each other.
Alternatively, they can be seen as experiencing a rite of
sex magick or
sacred sexfloating upright in space, or
standing on their flat-topped heads. Legs, toes, fingers, and
hair are mere parallel grooves carved into the surface of the
simple, squared-off triangles. The design is so schematic and
geometric in form that at first glance, one might almost not "get
it," but when the image is wholly perceived, its frank and equalitarian sexuality is
very moving, Holding a munachi in my closed hand always gives me
a heightened sense of sexual consciousness and an appreciation of the beauty of physical love.
As sold, munachi stones are coarsely carved and entirely unpolished. To
increase their physical and spiritual luster, i think the buyer
should take the time to finish them before use. Soapstone is so soft that polishing a munachi
is the work of a few minutes with any of the common oil-and-abrasive
metal polishes, such as Brasso or Simichrome. While
polishing the loving couple, you can "concentrate on your desire," as the
old hoodoo catalogues would say.
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MUNACHI #2, BLACK TERRACOTTA
This 1" x 1 1/2" munachi is made of black unglazed terra clotta clay, pressed
into a mould. The back is flat. Like most munachis usd
in love spells, it has a hole
in it for the threading of the hairs of two lovers. Found in a
market in La Paz, Bolivia, it seems to be of a type not
encountered in Peru.
My daughter Althaea bought the entire stock
of the vendor who made these. Communication was difficult because
the Quechua seller spoke only rudimentary Spanish, but Althaea
learned that this form of munachi is designed to be placed on a
regional style of altar called a "mesa" (table). The mesa is made
by flattening carded rolags of llama wool -- white, black or rainbow
multi-coloured -- into a circle about 12" in diameter. The
lovers' hairs are threaded through the hole and the munachi is
surrounded by offerings of sugar candy, plus thin rectanglar plates of coloured sugar pressed into
moulded forms. These flat sugar "mysteriosos" (mysteries) are embossed with images that depict
subsidiary wishes, such as for an open road, rain on the crops, a
llama herd, money in the bank, and so forth. Althaea said that
the vendor who made these flat terra cotta munachis did not understand why she was
not buying rolags of llama wool to wrap them in, and she strongly
recommended placing them on a mesa of llama wool with sugar
offerings to activate them in a love spell.
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MUNACHI #3, BROWN TERRACOTTA
This munachi is of a type also called a pachamama.
Pachamama figures are used by a curandera (healer)
in the Bolivian Andes to ask the Pachamama (Earth Mother) for fertility, luck,
prosperity, or protection. They come in the form of frogs, lizards, and
other animals and are modelled in the round.
Like the smaller soapstone and terra cotta munachis, this larger one represents a stylized man and a
woman engaged in coitus. They are kissing, faces pressed together, and a hole was
drilled through the clay before firing to represent the space where their necks
do not touch, and where the two lovers' hairs may be threaded. One stylistic
oddity of the design is that the couple's faces are displaced to the tops of
their heads: they press their mouths together, but their large eyes stare upward,
toward heaven. The munachi can be positioned so that the couple squats upright in
place or so that both partners are lying on their sides facing each other. The
figures are beautfully sculpted, in a simple, rounded, voluptuous style, and
appealing details such as the woman's two long braids are lovingly worked out.
The piece feels very good in the hand. This munachi is a
work of real artistry made of lightly glazed terracotta. At
1 3/4 inch tall by 1 inch wide by 3/4 inch thick, it is also
considerably larger than those shown above. It is far
too large to use as a lucky charm
or amuletic piece of jewelry but it
works well as a small altar object for use in
a love spell; in fact, this very item
is at present placed in a shrine at the head of the bed i share with
my dear, sweet, very own copulation-partner.
For other lucky charms in the form of genitalia or copulating couples, see:
indescribable lucky charm, American
Kama Sutra amulets, Nepal
munachi charms, Quechua
penis amulets, Thai
penis amulets, Roman
phallic charmstone, California Indian
raccoon penis bones
Sheela-Na-Gig pewter pendant, modern
vulva amulets, modern
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Sacred Sex, Karezza, and Tantra Yoga.
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