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Rapé – Sansara


Common names: Sansara, Samsara.
Tribe: Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin)
Origin: West Acre, Brazil.
Composition: Corda tobacco, Tsunu ash, Sansara



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Rapé Sansara

This Sansara Rapé comes from the pajé of the Kaxinawa tribe from the west part of Acre, Brazil. Sansara is a plant native to the Amazon rainforest that has a unique aroma. The tobacco gives a special touch leaving this Rapé slightly aromatic. Sansara Rapé acts to prevent flu and colds and has a particular force that brings a special healing.  Sansara Rapé promotes deep relaxation. Relieves stress, relaxes the muscles and the mind. Great for relaxing and meditate after a busy day of work.

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.

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.

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

Indigenous women recieving Rapé Kaxinawa from tribal leader

Indigenous women receiving Rapé

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 Sansara 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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