Rapé – Xacapandaré


Xachapandaré is a native herb from the forest in the Jordão region in the state of Acre. Xachapandaré is a very rare and hard-to-find type of plant.  The snuff made with this herb is gentle in its energy. This Xachapandaré is made with Tsunu ash and only a very small quantity of Sabiá. The Kaxinawa who work with this plant says it cures all diseases.

Because of its very limited availability, it is only offered in the single and 10 grams bottle option.

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Rapé – Xacapandaré

This snuff comes from Jordão the region in the state of Acre, northwest Brazil. A well-respected Kaxinawa shaman elder is responsible for its creation. Rapé Xacapandaré is a very rare type of snuff.  Xacapandaré is a hard-to-find herb in the Jordão forest region. It takes a lot of time and sometimes it’s just by luck the Kaxinawa encounter the plant while walking through the forest. The maker says this medicine cures all diseases. The herb benefits the respiratory system and according to their knowledge helps the memory and strengthens the mind. They say that this Rapé helps to open the mind, take away bad feelings, expel evil spirits, and also opens the respiratory system.

In addition to the Xacapandaré the composition relies on Tsunu ashes and only a very small quantity of high-quality Sabiá. Rapé Xacapandaré is a special gentle recipe with less Tabaco than the usual Rapé.  As such it is a good solution for those who want to take it easy on tobacco. A medicine made with care to have the correct balance between the different ingredients.

Other Uses

The leaves are also used for burning as incense for cleansing. They also use it for baths to cleanse the body and the aura of the person and they use it internally, as tea.

Kaxinawa Indians waering feathers, makers of rapé like xacapandaré

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawa tribe uses its Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply snuff for mental healing. They mostly do this in combination with chanting. Their 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 Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá. This name comes 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 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 Xacapandaré 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.