Rapé – Caneleiro Força

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After a long wait finally Caneleiro força is back !

A shaman of the Kaxinawa tribe made this Caneleiro Força Rapé.  Besides high-quality ash and tobacco, the shaman put in a lot of his spiritual energy this rapé. As the word força implies, this a strong and powerful snuff.

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A shaman of the Kaxinawa tribe made this Caneleiro Força Rapé.  Besides high-quality ash and tobacco, the shaman put in a lot of his spiritual energy this rapé. As the word força implies, this a strong and powerful snuff. Caneleiro ash connects to the third Chakra.  Caneleiro Rapé is very thorough in its properties. It helps a lot in health working mainly in the regeneration of cells and the balancing of hormones. Fire is the spiritual element this rapé connects to.

For Caneleiro Rapé they use the ashes of the bark from Cenostigma macrophyllum. To the Indians in Acre, Caneleiro and Canela de Velho are very similar in their properties and treat them in the same way. Still, they are two different but very related trees.

About Cenostigma Macrophyllum

Caneleiro (Cenostigma macrophyllum) is a flowering tree belonging to the Fabaceae/Leguminosae family. It is a tree of great beauty especially when the period of flowering perennials starts. The tree is the symbol of Teresina  The first record of this Brazilian species was in Mato Grosso, over 150 years ago. The Caneleiro three grows in the North, Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast of Brazil.
From September to December and from February to July The tree gets covered with clusters of yellow flowers. The flowers are very like orchids and attract many insects and birds with the smell that it spreads. The Caneleiro tree grows from 10 to 20 meters tall.

Several big Cenostigma Macrophyllum trees, the ashes of the bark are used for Caneleiro Rapé, kaxinawa

The Cenostigma Macrophyllum tree

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawa tribe uses its Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply snuff for mental healing. They mostly do this in combination with chanting. Their 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.

color drawing of a indian using snuff, rapé kaxinawa

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá 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 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 kaxinawa 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.