Rapé – Peregun


Names: Peregun, Dracena, Dragoeiro, Pau-d’água, Coqueiro-de-vênus, Dracena-deremenis, Tronco do Brasil and others
Origin: São Paulo
Composition: Organic rope Tobacco, leaf ashes from the Peregun plant

A rapé with an African touch. For spiritual and energetic cleansing, which brings much strength and balance of mind. It brings very good energy to the whole body.


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For spiritual and energetic cleansing this rapé Peregun is very helpful. It brings a lot of strength and balance to the mind. rapé Peregun uses a plant with the native name Peregun. This plant originally comes from Africa. Nowadays this is a plant many people have in their homes. Organic tobacco and the ashes of the Peregun leaves make up this one of a kind Rapé.

For ash production, Only about twenty percent of the weight remains when burning bark for regular rapé. With Peregun that percentage is much lower. Making ash from Peregun requires a lot of dried leaves and is more work. Not many people make this type of rapé and therefore its considered a rare variety. It has a very particular smell to it and is a medium/strong strength snuff. I am quite sure that its traditional use and function in various Afro-Brazilian cultures is the reason it has found its way to become part of this rapé.

Candomblé practitioner holding a Peregun leaf used for rapé peregun

Candomblé practitioner holding a Peregun leaf

Showing the torso of a woman holding a leaf of which rapé peregun is made

Peregun/Dracaena fragrans

About Peregun/Dracaena fragrans

Peregun is much used in various Afro-Brazilian cultures.  It has a strong focus on the energy of the African Orixa Ogun. Its a force of nature connected to iron and rocks. “Ogun is the winner of all and any battle”.
Peregun is used for its spiritual and energetic cleansing properties in the Afro-Brazilian cultures like Umbanda and Candomblé.  There, Peregun also plays an important role in various initiation rites.

“One of the oldest leaves is the “Pèrègún”, which is used in the great majority of rituals to the Òrìsás. The myth says: Pèrègún witnessed the growth of humanity. It will always bring us luck. Pèrègún holds our luck, holds his prey on the day of hunting and thus, feeds his children. Pèrègún protects us from our opponents and makes us harmonize with our fellow men” (source).

A group of Candombmlé practitioners in the middle of a planting rite with Peregun. The leaves of this plant are used to make Rapé Peregun

A group of Candomblé practitioners in the middle of a planting rite with Peregun

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 Peregun 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.