These natural rainsticks are handcrafted in Chile and produce a mystical sound like rain trickling. The 20" standard length rain stick offers a rain-trickle sound that can last for a few seconds when played correctly; longer than the small 10" or 15", but shorter than 30"-50". Tip the rainstick at an angle and slowly rotate for a longer rain sound, allowing the filler to trickle slowly through the cactus.
After the plentiful Capado cactus plant lives about 6 decades it dies and dries out, and is then harvested, cleaned, and hollowed out by native artisans. The spines are pushed into the hard wood body, or small sticks are inserted, and many very small pebbles are sealed inside. The unique sound produced by turning the stick from end to end is mesmerizing to children and adults alike, and is still used in traditional rain ceremonies throughout South America today.
The rainstick is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried in the sun. The spines are removed, then driven into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position.