Huitoto rapé | Copoazu – jungle cacoa | Feminine Wisdom | #45
RAPÉ DOS INDIOS
Origin: Colombia Amazon
Common Names: Rapa dos Indios, Indian Snuff, Hape, Rapay
$18.00 – $50.00
#45 Huitoto Copoazu | Feminine Wisdom
Bringing sweet to life and protection against evil. This special Huitoto Copoazu blend uses the ancient varieties of cacao related plants in the Amazon also known as the jungle beans of god: Copoazú and Macambo
Every tribe has its own medicine. The huitotos got the cocoa, and sweet yuca to the people. And that is our medicine. The owner of all, the creator gave us those elements. Rapé came to us from the Tanimuca people, they teach us the rapé and we share the mambe and Ambil. We, the Huitotos a reunited with the mucunas, every night when we sit in front of the fire to listen to the elders and get their advice, we share our elements.” Victoria, female shaman from the Huitoto tribe (January 2017)
Tribe: Muina- Huitoto Amazonas Colombia
Macambo Theobroma bicolor or Jaguar tree is a close relative of the Cacao plant, it is packed with protein, fiber and mood-boosting serotonin compounds.
Copoazú (Theobroma grandiflorum) or the Mother of Cacao
What is Rapé?
Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ is a tradition used by various indigenous tribes of South America, predominantly from the tribes people of Brazil and Peru. Rapé is a snuff which is blow into each nostril through a pipe known as a ‘Tepi’, which is either made from a hollow bone or bamboo. Each tribe has their own formula of plants, trees, seeds, most commonly combined with a pure form from the Amazon and an ash called tsunu, or others like Murici, Yarumo, or Inga. The rapé is prepared in a ritualistic way by specific members of the tribe.
Spirit of Nature
In some tribes, it is the women who gather the ingredients and make the Rapé, and others are made by the healer of the tribe. Typically they are made in small batches with specific intentions for the ceremony or person being treated. These are very powerful, profoundly healing and cleansing on many levels. The use of Rapé aims to connect one to the spirits of nature while invoking that power to bring about physical and spiritual healing.
Kuripe or Tepi
Traditionally, it is administered through either the Tepi or Kuripe. The Kuripe is a for self-administration and the Tepi is used when blowing the snuff for another person. The V-shaped applicator or Kuripe, connects the nostril to the mouth. The Tepi is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver with the mouth of the blower, who then blows the rapé into the nose of the receiver.
Opening the Chakras
In general, the tribes believe Rapé facilitates the opening and clearing of the chakras, facilitates a sense of grounding and connection to the earth. Some think it supports the release of disease from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Furthermore some say that using rapé opens the third-eye chakra, decalcifies the pineal gland, clears mental fog and confusion. Finally it releases negative thought patterns and most of all it supports our connection to the breath and expands our connection to Spirit.
Find out more
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