Rapé – Kuntanawa
€2.50 – €70.00
This new rapé Kuntanawa has the traditional tribal name “Nixpu”. Nixpu is the native name for Pimenta longa (long pepper).
Rapé Nixpu Kuntanawa
This new rapé Kuntanawa has the traditional tribal name “Nixpu”. Nixpu is the native name for Pimenta longa (long pepper). It a pepper plant variety native to the Amazon region of Acre state. It’s dried and pulverized leaves together with the strong sabiá tobacco and tsunu ash are the ingredients of this Kuntanawa snuff. Nixpu improves digestion and also serves as general strengthening medicine. Nixpu is good to use in cold climates since it heats the body.
Nixpu is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae. Normally it is cultivated for its fruit, the peppers. Nixpu is the Brazilian strain of the plant that is more known in India and Indonesia. Nixpu is also a good source of safrol oil. Long pepper has a similar taste but is hotter than that of its close relative Piper nigrum. Long pepper is today a very rare ingredient in European cuisines. The roots are a good source of the essential oil safrol. It has various therapeutic and industrial uses.
The indigenous tribal cultures of the Amazone and Brazil primarily use the leaves of this plant. Nixpu leaves are a welcome ingredient in various herbal baths that help to clear negative/stuck energies from the body.
The Rapé produced by Kuntanawa have a unique vibration. A strong spiritual connection that brings presence and calm. Sometimes, they add other plants with cosmological forces that bring us luck, tranquility and other benefits. They are commonly used in other ways to provide protection or blessings.
They say that such plants bring us strength and clarity to have correct attitudes and take right decisions. The interesting thing is that the Kuntanwa Rapé seems to be more active in the region of the chest and heart than the head. Being typically mild, it burns less in via nasal and head. Many people consider this Rapé an opener of the heart. It contains Tobacco and ash “Tsunu” (Platycyamus regnellii). Some other recipes may contain Samaúma, Nissural, Eric, Sanssara and other plants.
About the Kuntanawa 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.
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.
I sieve this rapé Kuntanawa Nixpu 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 Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.