Sacred KANAMARI Rapé Wild Cacao #6
Made exclusively for us by Raimunda, one of the elders, a KANAMARI shaman friend.
This Kanamari Rapé Wild Cacao is an aromatic rapé that gives a pleasant feeling of relaxation and brings sweet dreams. It can be used as many times as desired. This Rapé uses the shell of the wild, ancient Cacao beans planted traditionally in the Peruvian Amazonas. While the recipe is a sacred secret of Raimunda she did share something with us. Apart from the cacao bean shells it also contains two other sacred plants. Namely Virola and Pashaca.
The Kanamari tribe is related to the Katukina tribe. They live in the lower Amazon region of Peru and Brazil, deep inside the Amazon Rainforest.
Raimunda makes the rapé
Raimunda Kanamari is 70 years old. She is one of the few elder women who still holds the tradition of preparing the Kanamari rapé. She knows many recipes and many ways to prepare special combinations for different occasions. She was taught by the elders of her community and from neighbouring tribes like the Tanimuka.
She combines her work of planting food for her family with growing magical plants and preparing medicine. Every three months she travels eight days downstream the Yavari river to reach the Brazilian city of Atalaya. There she exchanges her medicine for yuca, bananas, salt and other products that are not available in the jungle. Her trimonthly arrival is anticipated by many. Her medicine is highly valued by locals from Atalaya.
The Kanamari Tribe:
Currently there are an estimated 2,800 Kanamari indians in Brazil. The Kanamari posess a deep and rich heritage that has lasted for generations. They are located within the Amazon jungle, away from the influences of settlers. They refer to themselves as Canamari or Tukuna, which means people. The Kanamari people are also known for their natural healing methods, or curandeiros, as well as the facial tattoos of the older generations. The Kanamari believe they were created by Tamakori, who first created them and then later left to create the rest of human kind.
The Kanamari people we work with
The Kanamari’s we work with belong to a small community of only 60 Kanamaris that live in the community Umariaçú in the upper part of the Itaquaí river.
They are used during celebration time, to work, to heal sicknesses, and even to punish and teach a lesson to somebody who needs to learn something.
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 blown 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 or seeds which are most commonly combined with a pure form of sacred plants from the Amazon. Furthermore an ash called tsunu, or others like Murici, Yarumo, or Inga, which are 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, and some say that opens the third-eye chakra, decalcifies the pineal gland, clears mental fog and confusion, releases negative thought patterns, supports our connection to the breath and expands our connection to Spirit.
Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.