Rapé – Baimuka

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Rapé Baimuka is the name of the Kaxinawa Indian who made this snuff. This Kaxinawa rapé Baimuka is prepared with Sabiá tobacco and Caneleiro ash. Caneleiro is a well-known type of ash from the people of that region. What makes this rapé unique is this rapé is the addition of a few rare herbs.

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Rapé Baimuka is the name of the Kaxinawa Indian who made this snuff. This Kaxinawa rapé Baimuka is prepared with Sabiá tobacco and Caneleiro ash. Caneleiro is a well-known type of ash from the people of that region. What makes this rapé unique is this rapé is the addition of a few rare herbs.

Xipão

Xipão is a rare herb that grows as a parasite in palm trees. . This plant works to reduce pain and inflammation in the region of the joints, back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, blood purification and much more. This medicine was make by Baimuka, a Txai (brother) Kaxinawa from the indigenous land of Karapanã, on the Tarauacá River. Besides the Xipão herb, Baimuka used a second herb that I have no information about. But it is clear this second herb brings just a little touch of sweetness to the blend.

 

Kaxinawa Rapé

The Kaxinawa tribe uses their Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the 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 indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá people 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.

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

Tepi and Kuripe

Traditionally snuff 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 snuff 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 Baimuka 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.