Rapé – Marachimbé


Rapé Marachimbe is a special and quite masculine snuff from the Nukini tribe. It a recipe from a very gifted former Pajé (shaman) of the tribe.

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Rapé Marachimbe is a special and quite masculine snuff from the Nukini tribe. It a recipe from a very gifted former Pajé (shaman) of the tribe.

This rapé is a mixture of different medicines that will bring you to you’re senses. It’s strong and powerful!
It has a dark brown appearance and a complex and deep aroma. I recommend this rapé for the experienced student. If this Rapé connects to you and delivers all its power it can be quite overwhelming.

rapé Marachimbé displayed with a tepi and kuripe

The maker uses rare native Nukini herbs to make this Rapé Marachimbé, and only the Nukini have the thru knowledge of the composition of this Rapé. A former Nukini Pajé (Shaman) received the combination of herbs contained in this Rapé in a dream. It’s the healing teachings of the forest that showed him this combination in a difficult moment in his tribe. He wished that this medicine would heal his people from an outbreak of rebellion that settled among them. A mixture of sharp power and purification seems to be the fundament of this Rapé.

About Marachimbé

The word “Marachimbé” has various meanings in Brazil. As I wrote in the Rapé Caneleiro section the Caneleiro tree (Cenostigma macrophyllum) has different names. One of them is Marachimbé.  This could mean that its ashes are used in this snuff.

In one the syncretic ayahuasca religions in Brazil Marachimbé represents a spiritual energy, a being of the forest that arrives to “purify”, an energy that facilitates physical and psychic cleansing. “clears” and “orders” individuals. source.

The Nukini tribe.

The Nukini belong to the Pano linguistic family and are about only 750 members. The tribe suffered severely during the era of latex production and afterward.  The Nukini lost A huge part of their culture, including their language. almost the entire ethnic group disappeared (Aguiar 2012). Due to this decline in members, many Nukini people had to mingle with members of other ethnicities in order to survive.

Exploitation and violence that started with the rubber industry, has turned into drug traffickers, loggers, and hunters that still pose a threat to this tribe. Despite all these challenges that the Nukini people had to face, at the present time, the Nukini have a stable socio-economic situation and pursue economic activities like fishing and hunting, while there are also many nutritious plants, like mango, soursop, coconut, cashew, jackfruit. And also pineapple, lemon, Barbados cherry, guava, avocado, pupunha, cupuaçu and papaya that nourish the tribe.

Yet the Nukini managed to survive by mingling with other groups and tribes. They build a strong socio-economic structure that enables them to be in close connection with nature that surrounds and feeds them. I regard to Rapé there are some women of the tribe who make Rapé but its very clear that the man make theirs as well.

People from the Nukini tribe in traditional clothing, the makers of Rapé Marachimbé

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes ? Have a look at this interesting website


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 to 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 Marachimbé and all other snuff coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. I also store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.

This results in.

  • an extremely fine powder.
  • a guaranteed consistent fineness
  • optimal absorption of the snuff