THE LEGEND OF KAMBO REVEALS A MYSTICAL AND ENIGMATIC ORIGIN
The Kaxinawa tribal legend reveals a mysterious and alchemical origin to Kambo. The tribal people were very ill and their medicine man (Paje’), who’s name was Kampu Paje`, walked into the forest after consuming sacred tea of the forest, in a last hope to find healing for his people. He was visited by the forest grandmother who shared with him the vision of the frog, its gifts of healing, and taught him how to apply the medicine. Upon returning to his tribe, he used the sacred secretion in the way the grandmother had shared and healed his tribe. It is believed that the spirit of Kampu lives on in the giant monkey tree frog today, continuing to protect those who seek healing.
THE SECRETION HAS MANY NAMES, SOME OF WHICH ARE KAMBO, SAPO, KAMPU, OR VACINA DE FLORESTRA.
It is unknown for how long Kambo has been used by indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Whatever the mysterious origin, the following tribes continue to use it today in Brazil and Peru; Kaxinawa, Katukina, Mayoruna, Yaminawa, and Matsas, as well as the classical Maya.