Rapé – Mulateiro


This Mulateiro Yawanawa is a fine and flowing snuff that has a light grey appearance, a nice aroma and has plenty of force.

Names: Mulateiro,  Forca, Capirona, Rapé Pau-Mulato.
Tribe:  Yawanawa
Origin: Acre, Brazil.
Composition: Corda Tobacco, Mulateiro ash.

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This Mulateiro Yawanawa is a fine and flowing snuff that has a light grey appearance, a nice aroma and has plenty of force.  Powerful and energetic in the first few moments followed by a subtle and peaceful after effect. Rapé Mulateiro helps to release thoughts. It brings you in into a peaceful space with a high level of focus. The Yawanawa say that Mulateiro releases tensions of the right and left cerebral lobes, thereby providing profound balance and equilibrium of mind and body.

Bashawa, Samúma, Yawa-Menta, Caneleiro and this Rapé Mulateiro are all made by the same group of Yawanawa Indians. I am happy to represent them through their Rapé in my shop

About Mulateiro / Calycophyllum spruceanum

Calycophyllum spruceanum belongs to the Rubiaceae family and is a canopy tree of 30-meter height. In Brazil, the common name is Mulateiro or Pau-Mulato and in Peru its called Capirona.Mulateiro produces an abundance of white, aromatic flowers during the summer months. Its bark is shed periodically to avoid lichens, fungi, epiphytes, and lianas. It has a long tradition in the indigenous Amazonian culture, including many medicinal uses. Dried bark works well for the treatment of fungi, parasites, infections, and wounds or burns.  Mulateiro sometimes also gets added as an extra ingredient in Amazonian Ayahuasca.

Reddish stem of a large Rapé Mulateiro tree with a blue background

Yawanawa rapé

The Yawanawa call their Rapé “Rume”. It contains mostly the ash of the bark of the Tsunu tree. They add the ash of the bark of the Txunú tree and a strong tobacco that resembles mapacho (Nicotiana rustica). This makes a special and very unique Rapé blend. The Amazonian tribes use the Tsunu tree bark often for healing and curing purposes. Rapé has a supportive role during ayahuasca ceremonies and often used before taking ayahuasca. It enhances the effects and the opening of the spirit for the ceremony.  During intense ceremonial experiences, it facilitates more easy vomiting and cleaning.

“We mostly use rumê in our sacred ceremonies with UNI (our sacred drink, more commonly known as ayahuasca). But, rumê is also taken in the afternoon, before washing. The water cleans our body and spirit; it’s our favorite part of the day”.

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes or other tribes cultures around the world? 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 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 Mulateiro Yawanawa 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.