Rapé – Sanu


This rapé Sanu comes from the Kaxinawa tribe and is made
with moi tobacco and the bark of a tree known as Sanu.
Its a wonderful and bright rapé.

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This rapé Sanu comes from the Kaxinawa tribe and is made with moi tobacco and the bark of a tree known as Sanu.  Its a wonderful and bright rapé.

This tree bark ash has various names for example; Sanun, Sanum, Sono or Sunum and maybe even more. There is no factual data about the tree. What seems to be happening is that depending on where the bark is being collected the name refers to a tree similar to Tsunu. And in various areas, it’s a different but similar tree. This results in various names for this type of ash

This a relatively small batch of rapé Sanu. It is new type of rapé to me and I appreciate it al lot. There is not other information about Sanu from Brazil. But it seems the trees bark properties and power are very similar to Tsunu.

If you are interested in buying pure Sanu ashes click here


Kaxinawa Rapé

The Kaxinawa tribe uses their Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the 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 indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá people are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá. 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.

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 snuff 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 Sanu 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.