Rapé – Rosa Branca

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This heart-opening rapé comes from the Nukini Indian group located in the Rio Croa region in the state of Acré. Although made by them it is not a traditional type of Nukini snuff.

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Rapé – Rosa Branca

This heart-opening rapé comes from the Nukini Indian group located in the Rio Croa region in the state of Acré. Although made by them it is not a traditional type of Nukini snuff. Rapé Rosa Branca is made with Sabiá and Tsunu ash.  The addition of dried and pulverized white rose leaves is where the Nukini people opened a new road. In Brazilian spirituality, the white rose is associated with a female force called Yemanjá. The offers people bring for Yemanjá are white roses.

Her energy calms the mind, brings peace to the spirit, and comforts the heart.
The feminine aspect of the snuff blends in perfectly. Rapé Rosa Branca is strong and gentle at the same time. She changes your whole auric field and beings in the energy of the mother. She brings you straight to the heart.

A white rose at the shore with the sea in the background, rapé rosa branca connected to Yemanjá

Yemanjá.

The elemental spiritual concept of the beloved Yemanjá is strongly connected to the sea.

This is a place many Amazonian Indians have never seen. But the knowledge about her beautiful energy has traveled to the forest and now has become part of the Nukini people’s spirituality and range of medicinal rapé.

Representation of Yemanjá, rapé rosa branca

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 it’s very clear that the man makes theirs as well.


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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 Rosa Branca 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