Beautiful Shaman made Katukina Passionflower Rapé from Brazil (#9)
This Katukina Passionflower rapé is great before going to sleep and for lucid dreaming. It was made for us by a Katukina Healer, he has been working with Rapé and medicinal plants for a very long time. He has also made other snuffs for us. We feel that it is truly special to be able to share this sacred mix of cultural heritage. The Katukina or Catuquina are an indigenous group that inhabits the southwestern Brazilian state of Acre.
The combination of Tsuno ash with passion flower makes of this our favourite, well, one of our favourites.
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, seeds, most commonly combined with a pure form of tobacco from the Amazon. This goes together with an ash called tsunu, or others like Muricci, Yarumo, or Inga, which are prepared in a ritualistic way by specific members of the tribe. In some tribes, it is the women who gather the ingredients and make the Rapé. In other tribes rapé is made by the shaman. Typically rapé is made in small batches with specific intentions for the ceremony or person being treated. This is a very powerful aid, 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.
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.
In general, the tribes believe Rapé facilitates the opening and clearing of the chakras, facilitates a sense of grounding and connecting 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.