Golden Boa | Gesileu | #98
This Golden Boa Rapé has a strong intensity. It is specially made by Gesileu, a well-known rapé master. It is an aromatic rapé with a high level of alkaline ash in the blend. This superb quality snuff comprises organic tobacco, Tsunu, and Cumarú seeds. It has a special potency that allows lucid dreaming and helps bring about self-assurance, abundance, and the expression of unconscious intentions.
Gesileu lives with his family in Rio Branco, Acre’s state capital in Brazil. He has dedicated his life to the study of medicinal plants and sacred traditions of the indigenous tribes of the Yawanawa and Kaxinawa.
Tsunu (Platycyamus Regnellii)
Tsunu ash comes from burning the wood of the P. Regnellii tree. It is a common ingredient used by Amazonian tribes for making their rapés. Among some Brazilian tribes, Tsunu goes by the name “Rume”.
What is Rapé?
Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ in Portuguese, is a traditional snuff used by various indigenous tribes of South America. Predominantly tribal people from Brazil and Peru. Rapé blends contain a ground mixture of plants, tree bark, seeds, and ash. The fine powder is blown into each nostril through a bone or bamboo pipe called a ‘Tepi’ or ‘Kuripe’. The Tepi applicator is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver to the mouth of the person that administers the snuff. The Kuripe is for self-application. The V-shaped applicator connects the nostril to the mouth allowing the snuff to be self-blown into the nose.
Each tribe has its own rapé formula and usually, it is women who gather the ingredients. The selection, mixture, and grinding process are regarded as a ritual only to be performed by a reputable healer. The snuff is typically made in small batches according to the specific needs of the person being treated or the ceremony’s occasion.
The use of Rapé aims to restore our connection to nature and a sense of grounding. It clears mental fog and confusion eliminating negative thought patterns. These powerful snuffs bring about physical and spiritual wellness.