Rapé – Sansara


This is a new batch of Sansara, previously sourced from the Kaxinawa but now coming from the Nukini tribe.

Common names: Sansara, Samsara.
Tribe: Nukini
Origin: Acre, Brazil.
Composition: Corda tobacco, Tsunu ash, Sansara, and some other herbs



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Rapé Sansara

This Sansara Rapé comes from the Nukini tribe in 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 its 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.

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 Nukini Rapé there are some women of the tribe who make Rapé but its very clear that the man make theirs as well.

People from the Nukini tribe

People from the Nukini tribe

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes or other tribes cultures around the world? Have a look at this interesting website


Indigenous women recieving Rapé sansara 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. 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