Rapé – Xipão

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Xipão is a very specific plant that grows as a parasite on palm trees and has a very particular beautiful smell. The Kaxinawa use this medicinal herb to treat flu and fever. It also helps with respiratory problems.

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Rapé Xipão comes from the Kaximawa people (also called Huni Kuin).  This group of Huni Kuin lives in the region of Jordão in the state of Acre. Jordão is way into the forest, either you go by a small plane or the better part of a week journey by boat upriver. It is a beautiful region where the indigenous people live deep in the forest in their aldeias (villages).

The Kaxinawa use a large variety of medicinal herbs in their tradition and add various of them to their rapé blends. The ash in rapé Xipão the Kaxinawa make from the native cacao tree bark of the region. Cacau is known to be a help for cardiovascular health. Rapé made with cacao ashes, in general, has a reddish hue typical for this medicine.

Xipão

Xipão is a very specific plant that grows as a parasite on palm trees and has a very particular beautiful smell. The Kaxinawa use this medicinal herb to treat flu and fever. It also helps with breathing problems. Apart from that it has a calming effect, good for the nerves and relaxing the mind.

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 Xipão 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.