Rapé – Jurema Branca

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Rapé Jurema Branca is a typical snuff that connects Indian and Afro Brazilian culture. Its composition is simple, Arapiraca and Jurema Branca ash. With this blend, Carlito adds a plant essence (the ash) that has a long history in Afro-Brazilian spirituality. In the snuff it primarily works on the heart chakra and the third eye chakra. It assists in mediumistic development.

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Rapé Jurema Branca is a typical snuff that connects Indian and Afro Brazilian culture. Its composition is simple, Arapiraca and Jurema Branca ash. With this blend, Carlito adds a plant essence (the ash) that has a long history in Afro-Brazilian spirituality. In the snuff it primarily works on the heart chakra and the third eye chakra. It assists in mediumistic development.

Jurema Branca (white jurema) / Mimosa Verrucosa

Jurema Branca is a plant species of the Fabaceae family. Possibly it corresponds to species popularly designated as Jurema De Oieras or Jurema Branca. Jurema Branca is hard to find in Brazil. It is a species of legume in the common bean family, Fabaceae, and in the subfamily and genus of Mimosa pudica, the touch me not. The shrub or small tree is native to Brazil (Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte). It has “near threatened” conservation status as a result of human-induced deforestation in arid to semi-arid regions of Northeastern Brazil.

When cultured in Afro-Brazilian religions Jurema Branca is considered the queen of the forest. It has the mission of protecting the whole creation of mother nature. As a Goddess, she is characterized by being a wise, strong warrior and also a mother. She shows maternal love to her worshipers, being also the mother of many children, but she also knows how to be merciless, hardening the law.

A Jurema branca tree in Brazilian landscape, its ash is used for snuff/rapé jurema branca

A free-standing Jurema Branca tree on the Brazilian mountain slopes

About the maker

My friend Carlito from Sao Paulo made this Rapé. He practices various forms of plant-medicine work like all of my contacts do. In this work, he received instructions to open his path to Rapé. He has followed the instructions he received and has been making Rapé for several years now. Even without a connection with indigenous Indians, he learned to make high-quality types of Rapé and is still learning.

Carlito showed me the little altar space where he keeps his Rapé. Before any of his own rapé leave his house it stays in a room. Surrounded by various crystals and placed under a pyramid the Rapé stays there for a week. At various moments in this period, he enters this room and prays towards the Rapé. A week of energizing and prayers is the final part of the work. The Rapé is ready now.

 

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 rapé Jurema Branca 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.