Rapé Dosage Scoop
A rapé dosage scoop is a simple tool to get your snuff from your container in your blowpipe in a easy and clean way. Made in Brazil from hard bamboo and decorated with indigenous patterns. They have various widths and are ornated with artists clay and a seed called Olho de Cabra, or Olho de Boi (Eye of the Goat or Eye of the Bull).
Will fit in most Tepi.
Beware ! If you have a kuripe with a small diameter the scoop won’t fit !
Bamboo rapé doasage scoop
A rapé dosage scoop is a simple tool to get your snuff from your container in your blowpipe in a easy and clean way. Made in Brazil fram hard bamboo and decorated with indigenous patterns. They have various widths and are ornated with artists clay and a seed called Olho de Cabra, or Olho de Boi (Eye of the Goat or Eye of the Bull).
Traditional dosing of rapé
When Brazilians take their rapé it first always lands on their hand. Generally all Brazilian Indians, caboclos and other rapé users I have met in the 10 years I visited this intense and beautiful country take their bottle of rapé and then put an amount of snuff on their hand. They flatten the rapé with the tip or their tepi and divide it into equal portions. One for each nostril.
When the rapé rests on the hand its the moment of affirming prayer and intention. After this one dosage is scooped from the hand into the tepi. After the second application, the hand is blown and other leftovers are wiped away from the hand.
The invention of the dosador/rapé dosage scoop.
When I first came in contact with rapé a friend of mine was using a little bamboo stick to prepare the snuff application. To me, this seemed a very simple and clean way to work. When I asked my friend where the idea to do it like this originated from he told me a little story. My friend Marco was in the forest of Acre with his caboclo shaman teacher and friend Antonio. When they were about to apply rapé Francisco took his knife and within a few minutes, he made a simple dosage scoop from a small wooden stick. When my friend Marco asked Antonio how to call it he said, “it’s a dosador”. This story that my friend Marco shared with me that took place 16 years ago.
Benefits of using a dosador.
It is very easy to see that using a dosage scoop will keep your hands clean. Also, you will prevent the loss of your precious snuff. Besides this its a better and more precise way of making two identical doses.
Making your own rapé dosage scoop/dosador
To make your own scoop you need dried bamboo and a small kitchen knife and a small handsaw. Bamboo grows in many places and can also be bought dry from garden stores. The creative mind will have no problem making his own dosador.