Rapé – Cacau

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The rapé cacau blend is made from the trunk ashes of the wild cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), used by the Huni Kuin people. This incredible blend, compared with the others, has a higher capacity of bringing endurance and liveliness, with the huge power of cleansing and purge.

Cacao trunk ashes
Arapiraca tobacco

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Rapé Cacau Kaxinawa

This rapé Cacau blend is made from the trunk ashes of the wild cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), used by the Huni Kuin people. Together with a special Arapiraca tobacco this incredible blend, compared with the others, has a higher capacity of bringing endurance and liveliness, with the huge power of cleansing and purge. The well-being that this medicine provides is unique and gives to the user a boost of internal strength and mental resistance to help in daily life.

Kaxinawa rapé usage

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 comes 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.

blow pipes used for rapé snuff

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this rapé Cacau 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.