Rapé – Cumaru


Three forms of powerful Rapé Cumaru from the Kaxinawa tribe.
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Cumaru Puro
Cumaru Nissural
Camaru de Cheiro

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Rapé Cumaru

Rapé Cumaru from the Kaxinawa tribe. A unique treat from the Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin) tribe who gives us the possibility to study deeper with three types of their powerful Rapé Cumaru.

The three Types/Forms


The first type of Rapé Cumaru is composed of Arapiraca tobacco and Cumaru ashes. This form has no other additions. Hence the name puro (pure). The Kaxinawa say that Cumaru is a tree that does not rot because it is very true. It is also believed that she possesses a sense of many incantations. She also has the ability to relate to spiritual energy and to combat malaise. Cumaru ash brings strength and speed when used daily.


The second type follows the same composition as the puro form of rapé cumaru. This form but has a bit of nissural added to it. Just enough to make itself present and not overpowering or too dominant. The Kaxinawa used to be one of the few tribes that used nissural as a medicinal plant. Nowadays it has found its way in as an ingredient in rapé made by various tribes. According to the Kaxinawa nissural has the power to heal, whether used in a snuff of for example a bath. In their native language, Nissu means disease and ral means healing. So, its the healer of diseases.

De Cheiro

The third form of rapé cumaru has a tiny bit of pulverized tonka bean in it. The tonka bean grows on the cumaru tree and is a strong aromatic. I have been told that the percentage of tonka bean in this rapé cumaru is less than one percent by weight of the total composition. This a special composition using cumaru bask ashes and pulverized cumaru bean powder. De cheiro is Portuguese  for “smelling, having a smell” and in this case, that smell is very nice.

About rapé cumaru

Cumaru rapé is quite strong and can be rough sometimes. It focusses its energetic work on the lower chakras. Cumaru is extremely grounding. It can also put you into deep trance-like states. It easily makes its way into the back of the throat. On some occasions, it can cause deep nausea and detoxification. As with the Canela de Velho, purging is quite possible. The aftertaste although quite pleasant is extremely strong and can cause a continuous stream of phlegm in the throat. Intention and setting have an important role in the administration of this rapé. You should take time and space to prepare for its effects.

About Dipteryx odorata

Dipteryx odorata is commonly known as Cumaru or Cumaru Ferro. This translates as “Iron Cumaru” because of the hardness of the wood. Dipteryx odorata is a very noble hardwood used in construction and for floors and furniture. It is a species of a”Flowering plant” in the”Pea” family, The tree is native to Central America and northern  South America.

A full-grown Cumaru tree (Dipteryx odorata). the bark is used for rapé Cumaru a powerfull snuff from brazil

A full-grown Cumaru tree (Dipteryx odorata)


The seeds of the Dipteryx odorata are also called tonka beans (sometimes tonkin beans or tonquin beans). They are black and wrinkled and have a smooth, brown interior. The seeds have a strong fragrance. The fragrance has similarities with, vanilla, almond cinnamon, and cloves.

5 tonka beans in close up, rapé cumaru de cheiro

The Tonka bean


Tonka beans contain coumarin. The coumarin in the tonka bean is responsible for the pleasant odor. The perfume industry has various applications for the tonka bean. 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 this rapé is very low. The tonka bean tree probably produces coumarin as a defense chemical.

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawa tribe uses its Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply snuff for mental healing. They mostly do this in combination with chanting. Rapé connects the tribe with spirits of the jungle and (depending on the specific ingredients) it can cure, heighten concentration, improve hunting or be a connector to the spirit of nature. The Kaxinawa like to experiment and use a wide range of ingredients for their snuffs.

Do you want to learn a bit more about the tribe then have a read here.

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá. This name come from kashi or “bat” and nawa meaning “outsiders” or “foreigners”. Their autonym is Huni Kuin or “real men” or “true people”, from huni, “man”, and kuin meaning “real” or “true”. Their language belongs to the Pano linguistic family, which they call hatxa-Kuin (true language). The population is approximately 4,000 people. The Kaxinawa account for 42% of the indigenous population of Acre state in Western Brazil.

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.

blow pipes used for rapé snuff

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this rapé Cumaru and all other snuff 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 snuff stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.