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Rapé – Murici-Caneleiro


Murici-Caneleiro is the latest new snuff coming from the Kaxinawa tribe.

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Rapé Murici-Caneleiro is another example of new developments in the making of Rapé. The Kaxinawa embrace new experiments and like with their famous Murici-Cumaru Rapé this Murici-Caneleiro also combines two different types of ashes in the same snuff. The Indians say that Murici has a strong but feminine energy that specifically works on the higher chakras.

Byrsonima Crassifolia tree with green leafs, the bar is used for murici rapé

Byrsonima Crassifolia, Murici

About Caneleiro (Cenostigma Macrophyllum)

Caneleiro ash is very thorough in its properties. It helps a lot in health working mainly in the regeneration of cells and the balancing of hormones. To the Indians in Acre, Caneleiro and Canela de Velho are very similar in their properties and treat them in the same way. Still, they are two different but very related trees.

Caneleiro (Cenostigma macrophyllum) is a flowering tree belonging to the Fabaceae/Leguminosae family. It is a tree of great beauty especially when the period of flowering perennials starts. From September to December and in February to July The tree gets covered with clusters of yellow flowers. The flowers are very like orchids and attract many insects and birds with the smell that it spreads. The Caneleiro tree grows of 10 to 20 meters tall. This tree is used for various treatments, e.g. laxative, astringent, antidiarrheic, treatment of injuries, having been demonstrated in crude extracts, various activities including anti-ulcer, hypoglycemic and antimicrobial.

Several big Cenostigma Macrophyllum trees, the ashes of the bark are used for Caneleiro Rapé

The Cenostigma Macrophyllum tree

About the tribe

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous tribe who live in Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá, or Kashinawa people. This name come 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.

The Kaxinawa tribe uses their Rapé for different purposes. For example, relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply Rapé for mental healing, mostly in combination with chanting. 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.

Do you want to learn a bit more about the tribe then have a read here.

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 Murici-Caneleiro and all other Rapé 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.

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