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Rapé – Cabacinha


Common names: Cabacinha, Cabacinho, Casadores.
Tribe: Kuntanawa
Origin: Acre, Brazil.
Composition: Corda Tobacco, Ash unknown, fruit of  Luffa operculata

For the moment there is only a small batch of Cabacinha Rapé available. Therefore only the 10 and 20-gram option will be available. This way it will be accessible for more people.

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This shamanic Snuff from the Kuntanwa tribe is a particular rapé with a specific function. The indigenous Indians of Brazil have a very long history of its usage. They use Cabacinha either in
Rapé or in other by itself, for example in a tea.

The Pajé (shaman ) of the Kuntanawa tribe in Acre Brazil made this special Rapé. Cabacinha is specifically used for treating rhinitis and sinusitis. The Pajé advises using this Rapé no more than two times a day. After doing this for a week you should feel an improvement.

This rapé has a light brown almost yellowish appearance. this is because of the color of the dried fruit from Luffa operculata that is Cabacinha. Pulverized and added to the rapé the color the mixture becomes lighter.

Luffa operculata

Cabacihna, Luffa operculata  is well known in western science and literature. Its habitat is in middle and South America. Luffa operculata is likely one of the most popular herbal medicines used in the treatment of seasonal allergies (rhinitis) and nasal swelling (sinusitis).  However, its specific mechanism of action is still unknown. Willmar Schwabe brought the medicine of his expedition journey to the indigenous tribes in Colombia and introduced it in 1962 at the international homeopathic doctors Association. From there A. Vogel and others developed their homeopathic versions of this medicine.


The dried fruit used for the shamanic snuff

Cabacinha fruit in various stages

About the 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.


young kuntanawa Indian in natur

young Kuntanawa

I sieve this shamanic snuff 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.