Arara Shawandawa Rapé | Canela de velho (Miconia albicans) & Wild Mint Mentha piperita | #76
Arara Shawandawa (also known as Arara del Acre, shawandaua, Shawanaua, Shawanauá, Shaonahua or Shaodawa) is an indigenous group that inhabits the southwest of the Brazilian state of Acre. This tribe came in to contact with westen “civilization” only at the beginning of the 20th century. The entire tribe currently consists of only 550 souls. We are very grateful that they decided to work with us and that we can now offer their rare exclusive Arara Shawandawa Rapé to rapé enthusiasts around the world while offering a good source of income to this community that is under a lot of pressure.
Arara Shawandawa Rapé is made with the much appreciated ash made with the bark of the Canela de velho (Miconia albicans) tree. Canela de velho (Miconia albicans), is a shrub species of the Melastomataceae family, which is native to North and South America. Canela de Velho has been a sacred remedy for a wide variety of chronic pains in the knees, spine and joints for centuries. It is a wonderful sacred plant.
Arara Shawandawa Rapé also contains Mentha piperita, commonly called mint piperita, piperita, monte yuyo or mint melissa. Mentha piperita is a sterile hybrid obtained from the crossing of the aquatic mint (Mentha aquatica) and the common mint (Mentha spicata).
This Arara Shawandawa Rapé is a strong and highly recommend rapé that most people will just love.
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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 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 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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Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.