Yaminawa Pao pereira Rapé | Pao pereira (Geissospermum vellosii) & Raiha (Psychotria cartagenensis) | #68
This Yaminawa Pao pereira Rapé is one of our new favorites. It is one of our strongest. The synergy created in this blend comes from the combination of the very famous folk medicinal tree Pao pereira (Geissospermum vellosii) and the extraordinary Raiha (Psychotria cartagenensis). The effect can be felt very fast and combines clarity of the mind with the arousal of all senses. In the long term, it is believed to have special magic properties for the user.
Yaminawa Indigenous People
Yaminawa means “people of the ax”. They have several ethnonyms like Bashonawá (opossum people). They are very closely related to the Yawanawa people. With them, recently, they are developing new models of sustainability to protect the rainforest and engage with the outside world on their own terms, in order to protect their cultural and spiritual identity. Their homeland is in the state of Acre in Brazilian Amazon.
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 sense of grounding. It clears mental fog and confusion eliminating negative thought patterns. These powerful snuffs bring about physical and spiritual wellness.
For more information
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