#47 Yucuna rapé Laurel | Gentle Cleansing
“Yucuna rapé Laurel gives me concentration and the need to say thanks to the creator and mother earth for the medicine.
It improves my focus on what I am doing in the moment, it also enhances the connection with the elders, so I can receive their advice and wisdom. It gives understanding, energy and protection” (William Shaman, January, 2017 in his maloka in the jungle)
Yucuna rapé Laurel was made for us in the jungle of Colombia. William is the creator of this special recipe. It is an aromatic blend to be shared and used on celebration, for cleansing and lift up the mood and spirit. It has the leaves of a very aromatic Laurel from the jungle.
Yucuna Tribe from the Mitiparaná (Colombian Amazonas)
The Yucuna people (Yukuna, Jukuna) speak the Arawakan language.
They currently live on the banks of the lower half of Mirití-Parana River and lower Caqueta (near the village of La Pedrera, Colombia). Their current population is about a thousand individuals.
The Yucuna people traditionally use rapé during “ceremonias de la palabra” (word ceremonies), where the elders meet to discuss all night long important spiritual and community matters. Each tribe has his own element that they got through their prayers at the beggining of time, the Yucunas got the Rapé, the Mambe and the Caassave.
William Yucuna prepared this rapé and he says that is important to teach their medicine to the “White men”, he knows 78 different types of medicinal plants many of which can be used with different types of rapés.
At the start of 2017 Laura, Wouter and their two sons visited tribes in the Colombian Amazon. They were there to visit old contacts and were, as always, on the lookout to collect new rapés and exchange energies.
Here, Wouter tells you a little bit about their experiences:
“While looking for rapés around Leticia amongst the Huitoto native people we were told that a Shaman from the Yacuna tribe, from up the Apaporis river, lived outside the village in a maloca that was famous for rapé making. We went to visit his beautiful maloca and shared rapé with him. After celebrating life together, he invited us to come and go up the Apaporis river with him to visit shamans all along the Apaporis in Colombia. We are currently organizing a journey with this new friend along the river which is famous for stories of Schultes.
Colombia has a very different rapé culture compared to Brazil. Though new to us, we have come to love it as much as we love the Colombian culture. We are proud that we bring its taste and teachings to our friends back home :).
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 Muricci, 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.
Find out more
Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.