Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé | Capirona and Cumala | #28

Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé | Capirona and Cumala | #28


Origin: Brazil Amazon

Common Names: Rapa dos Indios, Indian Snuff, Hape, Rapay

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Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé | Capirona & Cumala | Calycophyllum spruceanum & Virola theiodora | #28

Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé is a special mix of Mulateiro ash (Calycophyllum spruceanum) and the magic plant Virola theiodora.
Mulateiro bark is deeply ingrained in the native culture – from being used as an admixture in the Ayahuasca rituals, to its many different uses in folkloric medicine.
Virola theiodora tree as a source of snuff has been widely used among indigenous tribes in the Amazonas. Belonging to the Myristiceae family, cousin with the nut meg, contains important tryptamines.
Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé is made mainly for celebrations, and to sing and dance enthusiastically. This snuff is one of the most important tools of the medicine worker for the Kanamaris. When used before sleeping it can give lucid dreams or journeys. The locals recommend to use it gently and not in big quantities in order to know the specific reaction of each person.

The Kanamari Tribe

There are currently an estimated 2,800 Kanamari indians in Brazil. The Kanamari people posess a deep and rich heritage that has lasted for generations. They are located within the amazon jungles 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 people believe they were created by Tamakori, who first created them and then later left and created the whites.
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.

Who makes the Kanamari Sacred Force Rapé?

Raimunda Kanamari is 70 years old, she is one of the few elder women that keeps the tradition of preparing the rape. She knows many recipes and ways to prepare special combinations for different occasions. She learned from the elders of her community and from neighboring groups like the Tanimuka.
She combines her work of planting food for her family, with growing magical plants and preparing medicine. She travels eight days downstream the Yavari river to reach Brazilian city of Atalaya to exchange her medicines for yuca, bananas, salt and other products that are not available in the jungle. Raimunda goes every 3 months down the river to make this exchange; locals value her medicine very much.

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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 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

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.

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