Rapé – Capemba
€2.50 – €74.00
Rapé Capemba is another special snuff from the Kaxinawa. This is a rapé made from tobacco and Capemba ashes only. Capemba ashes are made from a sacred palm tree that has medicinal properties.
Rapé Capemba is another special snuff from the Kaxinawa. This is a rapé made from tobacco and Capemba ashes only. Capemba ashes are made from a sacred palm tree that has medicinal properties. They say when taken it creates wind in the way that we see the leaves of a palm tree waving in the breeze. In the same way, this wind expels diseases from the body. Capemba brings spiritual strength and clears the respiratory system relieving sinusitis. It feeds the core of our being and reminds us to be flexible in every way imaginable and stay with our selves.
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.
The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá. 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.
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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.
I sieve this rapé Capemba 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.