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Katukina Rapé Yopo #34
Great for Grounding and Focus. Strong Rapé. This Katukina Rapé Yopo is among our strongest ones, we like it a lot. Be ready to fly down to the roots.
This unique Katukina Rapé Yopo was exclusively made for us by a Katukina Healer. He has been working with Rapé and sacred plants for a very long time.
Anadenanthera peregrina (Yopo)
The pods of Anadenanthera peregrina found growing from the Purica trees, when ripe, would open and expose the grayish seeds inside. Traditionally, these seeds were gathered, sometimes fermented, then moistened and grinded on stones to create a paste. The paste was then gently toasted over a slow burning fire and allowed to dry. Some accounts state that an alkaline substance, such as the ash of various plants or pulverized snail shells was then added to the Yopo mixture. The addition of a calcium or an alkaloid to ‘chews’ or ‘snuffs’ was and is a common practice among indigenous peoples. It is believed to activate the medicine, however, in the case of Yopo, the admixture of an alkaline substance may not be essential.
The Katukina or Catuquina are an indigenous group that inhabits the southwestern Brazilian state of Acre. They are the traditional carriers of rapé knowledge in the Amazonas region. They number approximately 450 individuals. Katukina people call themself: People of heaven, people of the sun and people of the otter.
When Katukinas share their rapé is a key moment of communication with the upper level, they believe the celestial spirits arrive to supervise the songs and dances and reality of the earth world.
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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.
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