Rapé – Murici Cumaru


Like the Murici, Murici-Cumaru comes from the Kaxinawa tribe. A mixture of Cumaru bark ash (Dipteryx odorata), ashes of the Murici tree bark (Byrsonima Crassifolia) and Mói tobacco. Mói tobacco is well known in Brazil for its unique flavor.

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Rapé Murici-Cumaru

Murici-Cumaru Rapé is a mixture of Cumaru bark ash (Dipteryx odorata), ashes of the Murici tree bark (Byrsonima Crassifolia) and Mói tobacco. Mói tobacco is well known in Brazil for its unique flavor. The Indians say that Murici (Byrsonima Crassifolia) has a strong but feminine energy that specifically works on the higher chakras. Cumaru is strong but also rough and does its work in the lower chakras. The combination of Murici and Cumaru gives a full chakra cleansing.

2 woman in the foreground apllying murici-cumaru Rapé in nature, Young girl in the background is watching

The Kaxinawa tribe uses its Rapé for different purposes. For example, relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply Rapé for mental healing, mostly 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.

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous tribe who live in Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá, or Kashinawa people. 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.

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

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 Murici 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.