Yucuna Rapé | Chapune | Virola Snuff | #95
- New in our range – February 2020
- Unique “black” rapé
RAPÉ DOS INDIOS
Origin: Colombian Amazon
Common Names: Rapa dos Indios, Indian Snuff, Hape, Rapay
$15.00 – $42.00
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Yucuna Rapé | Chapune | Virola Snuff | #9
Our Chapune Yucuna Rapé was made by Leonarda Yucuna Muca, a wise grandmother from “La Pedrera”, by the side of the Mirití Paraná river, deep in the Colombian Amazon rainforest.
Traditional snuff making in the Yucuna tribe is lead by the women of the tribe; all other family members participate in the preparation by collecting the products and taking care of the fire.
This Chapune rapé is a lovely, relaxing and energy cleansing snuff.
Yucuna tribe members use Chapune snuff in ceremonies within the community in orderto bring harmony to the group and to the meeting.Curacas is the name given tothelocal shamans and wise men in this part of the rainforest. They use Chapune snuff as apowerfultool for energy cleansing, as well asduring traditional festivities beforedancing around the fire and for blessing the Chontaduro (a special and nutritious palmfruit considered sacred among allAmazonian tribes).Curacasalso use this sacred toolduring important meetings among traditional authorities, where decisionmakingprocesses take place.Community membersuse this sacred tool before going to hunt or fish
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.
Find out more
Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.
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