Rapé – Pixuri


Names: Pixuri, Pixurim
Tribes: Puyanawa (Poyanawa)
Origin: Acre, Brazil.
Composition: Organic Tobacco, Murici ash and Pixuri leaves.

This Rapé Pixuri from the Puyanawa tribe uses Corda Tabaco and Murici ashes combined with a herb called Pixuri giving it a pleasant scent and a special character.

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Rapé Pixuri is available from the Puyanawa tribe. Rapé Pixuri. It is one of the earliest and most traditional medicinal snuffs.  Organic Tobacco and Murici Ashes are the fundaments of this Rapé. Pixuri is a traditional medicine of the Puyanawa people and they use it a lot in their Rapé.

Rapé Pixuri Puyannawa on the left Pixuri Kuntanawa on a platter and showing 2 blowpipes

Rapé Pixuri Puyannawa on the left and Pixuri Kuntanawa on the right

Rapé Pixuri is consistent and well balanced and extensively used in rituals. It works very well in combination with other medicinal plants like ayahuasca. It has a very distinct flavor that comes from the pulverized medicinal leaves of the Pixuri. The seeds of Pixuri are commonly used in the kitchen for its specific smell and taste.

About Pixuri / Licaria puchury-major

Licaria puchury-major is a species in the genus Licaria (family Lauraceae). Its habitat is in central and South America and in the Brazilian Amazon basin. Pixuri has various applications in folk medicine. For example, as a carminative in the stomach and in the treatment of insomnia and irritability. Another example is the use of Pixuri in herbal baths for spiritual cleansing. Pixuri leaves are rich in safrole, eucalyptol, alpha-terpineol, and eugenol. these give the plant a particular flavor.

Mario Cordeiro de Lima. A former Puyanawa chief who led the struggle for the conquest of indigenous land.


About the Puyanawa tribe.

Like almost all tribes in South America, the Puyawana suffered a lot since the first contact with non-Indians. The Puyanawa lost all of their lands. The survivors were catechized and educated in schools which forbade the expression of any trace of their culture. In the period from 1915 to 1950 the Puyanawa where basically slaves of Colonel Mâncio Lima. The landowner of the rubber plantation forced the Puyanawa to work on their own land.

After the death of the Colonel in 1950 the Puyanawa were finally freed from slavery. The process of the demarcating of the Puyanawa territory gave them the possibility to value their
one culture once again.  Now the Puyanawa live in two villages.
Barão do Rio Branco and Ipiranga, located in the county of Mâncio Lima
in Acre close to the border with Peru. In 2009, of the approximately
500 Puyanawa Indians, only three spoke the Puyanawa language.

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

About the kuntanawaTribe

The Kuntanawa people (known as “the tribe of the babassu Palm or Babassu coconut”) has always defended their spiritual tradition as their principle of existence.
They have always used plants that connect with the beings of the forest and the spirits. Thus learned how to heal the tribe with traditional medicine and to this day they keep their practices.

Would you like to know more about the Kuntanawa tribe? 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 Pixuri 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.