Rapé | Rio Croa | Tsunu | Amazonas | #99
Rio Croa rapé is of strong intensity. It features a high level of ash in the blend. This snuff is made of the highest quality organic tobacco in combination with Tsunu and Palmera ash. This rapé offers physical and spiritual strengthening and cleansing.
Tsunu (Platycyamus regnellii)
Tsunu ash comes from burning the wood of the P. regnellii tree. This ash is commonly preferred by Amazonian tribes when 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.