Rapé – Cumaru

$2.13$64.72

Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) bark ash and powdered  Tonka beans are an integral part of this snuff. My dear caboclo friends who live in a spiritual community in Brazil made this snuff. They learned the art of making Rapé from their Indian friends who visited them many. During the years they have perfected their skills. Cumaru Rapé is quite strong and can be rough sometimes. It focusses its energetic work on the lower chakras.

Cumaru Rapé is now also available from the Kuntnawa tribe. This version is a bit more subtle. the Cumaru energy is definitely present but in a more gentle way compared to the Caboclo version.

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Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) bark ash and powdered  Tonka beans are an integral part of this snuff. My dear caboclo friends who live in a spiritual community in Brazil made this snuff. They learned the art of making Rapé from their Indian friends who visited them many times. During the years they have perfected their skills. Cumaru Rapé is quite strong and can be rough sometimes. It focusses its energetic work on the lower chakras.

Depending on the intention of the maker of the Rapé he decides to add just the powdered Tonka bean or also includes bark ashes. There are no absolute recipes in the making of Rapé. Here you get the opportunity to get Cumaru Rapé from different sources, each having their own unique signature.

About Dipteryx odorata

Dipteryx odorata (commonly known as “Cumaru” or “Kumaru” is a species of a”Flowering plant” in the”Pea” family, The tree is native to Central America and northern  South America. Its seeds are known as tonka beans (sometimes tonkin beans or tonquin beans). They are black and wrinkled and have a smooth, brown interior. They have a strong fragrance. The fragrance is often described as having similarities with, vanilla, almond cinnamon, and cloves.

The Tonka bean

 

Tonka beans contain coumarin. Coumarin is responsible for the pleasant odor and has a long tradition of being used in the perfume industry. It also has various uses in food preparation. Large amounts of Coumarin are toxic to the body. But don’t worry, the amount coumarin in Rapé is very low. The Tonka beans are used in a low percentage of the total makeup of the Cumaru Rapé. The Tonka bean tree probably produces coumarin as a defense chemical.

close up of Dipteryx odorata tree that hold the tonka been, used for cumaru rapé

Dipteryx odorata

About the Tribe

The Kuntanawa people (known as “the tribe of the babassu Palm or Babassu coconut”) has always defended their spiritual tradition as their principle of existence.
They have always used plants that connect with the beings of the forest and the spirits. Thus learned how to heal the tribe with traditional medicine and to this day they keep their practices.

Would you like to know more about the Kuntanawa tribe? Have a look at this interesting website.

Kuntanawa's leader, Haru, from his tribes comes cumaru Rapé

Kuntanawa’s leader, Haru

Tepi and Kuripe

Traditionally Rapé is administered through a pipe made out of bamboo or bone. The Tepi is a blowpipe that you can use to administer another person. When receiving Rapé the other blows it through both nostrils. In general, the shape of the Tepi is straight, curved or V-shaped. A different form is self-administration. For this, you use a Kuripe. The Kuripe has a V- shape and connects the mouth to the nostril. In this case, you blow the Rapé to yourself.

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Cumaru Rapé and all other Rapé coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. This makes an extremely fine powder. It’s labor-intensive but guarantees a consistent fineness, cleanness and optimal absorption of the Snuff. I store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.

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