Rapé – Murici


This Murici Rapé on this page comes from the Kaxinawa and the Puyanawa tribe. To make this snuff the ashes of the Murici tree (Byrsonima Crassifolia) are mixed with tobacco. This blend of Rapé has a powerful strength to it, giving a very sharp and extremely clearing vibration.

In case of the Murici Rapé from the Kaxinawa Mói tobacco was used. Mói tobacco is a specific well know regional Brazilian tobacco that has a unique aroma. The Puyanawa Murici is made with a different type of rope tobacco.

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The Kaxinawa tribe uses their 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. The Indians say that Murici has a strong but feminine energy that specifically works on the higher chakras.

Byrsonima Crassifolia tree with green leafs, the bar is used for murici rapé

Byrsonima Crassifolia, Murici

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.


Mario Cordeiro de Lima. A former Puyanawa chief who led the struggle for the conquest of indigenous land.


About the Puyanawa tribe.

Like almost all tribes in South America, the Puyawana suffered a lot since the first contact with non-Indians. The Puyanawa lost all of their lands. The survivors were catechized and educated in schools which forbade the expression of any trace of their culture. In the period from 1915 to 1950 the Puyanawa where basically slaves of Colonel Mâncio Lima. The landowner of the rubber plantation forced the Puyanawa to work on their own land.

After the death of the Colonel in 1950 the Puyanawa were finally freed from slavery. The process of the demarcating of the Puyanawa territory gave them the possibility to value their
one culture once again.  Now the Puyanawa live in two villages.
Barão do Rio Branco and Ipiranga, located in the county of Mâncio Lima
in Acre close to the border with Peru. In 2009, of the approximately
500 Puyanawa Indians, only three spoke the Puyanawa language.

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes ? Have a look at this interesting website

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 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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