Rapé – Aya


Names:  Aya, Yagé, Bejuco de Oro, Caapi  and others

Two forms of aya rapé
Kuntanawa’s aya composition; local wild Tobacco infused with concentrated B. Caapi tea, Tsunu ash.
Aya Força composition. Sabiá tobacco and extra secret power tobacco, parika ash and caapi tea.

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Kuntanawa Aya Rapé

The Kuntanawa from Acre made this Rapé Aya. The Kuntanawa’s “soak” the tobacco with the Aya tea. After the Tobacco has been dried the Aya is now infused in the tobacco and mixed with the ash. This snuff has a light Aya aroma and carries a special spiritual connection. The Aya addition still keeps this a medium-strong snuff. Keep in mind that It’s not a visionary Rapé or like Aya tea. Still, Rapé Aya is a useful spiritual tool. This rapé assists in connecting to the Aya spirit.

In Kuntanawa words In their words, “Aya is a medicinal and spiritual plant that connects us with our ancestry, it takes us to the spiritual world and reminds us who we are here on Earth connects us with all plants and heals us.”

Aya Força Rapé

This rapé is my creation. After various experiments, I found the recipe that lets this type of snuff express itself perfectly.  Besides the strong sabiá tobacco, I also used a different type of Nicotiana Rustica. It is stronger than sabiá. In combination with parka ash and very thorough milling, it’s already quite strong and for some people very strong, This depends on what your system can handle and how this snuff connects to you.
This aya força rapé will speak for itself and does not need more of my words.

About Banisteriopsis caapi/ Aya

This tropical vine can grow up to 30 meters in length, twining on other plants for support. Caapi vine can become old of age and up to 100 years and older. Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine, is the primary ingredient of Aya, a traditional medicinal tea from the Amazon region. A tea with just the caapi vine is called Aya. Some indigenous people distinguish more than 40 species Caapi vine. Indigenous shamans and others say that they can enter a different state of mind with an infusion of only the B. Caapi. This vine is seen by most of the 72 tribes as the “master plant” that provides concrete information about other plants. They claim that the vine is responsible for their excellent botanical knowledge.

I view of a vine called, Banisteriopsis caapi on a plantation, Rapé Ayahuasca has some of the vine in it

Banisteriopsis caapi

About the Tribe

The Kuntanawa people (known as “the tribe of the babassu Palm or Babassu coconut”) have 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.

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 Kuntanawa Rapé Aya 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.