Rapé – Samaúma
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Samaúma Rapé is a special Rapé from the Yawanawa tribe in which the ashes of the Samaúma tree are used. Samaúma Rapé, Bashawa, Caneleiro, Mulateiro, Yawanawa and Yawa-Menta in my shop come from the same group of Yawanawa Indians
Samaúma Rapé is a special Rapé from the Yawanawa tribe in which the ashes of the Samaúma tree are used. Samaúma Rapé, Bashawa, Caneleiro, Mulateiro, Yawanawa and Yawa-Menta in my shop come from the same group of Yawanawa Indians. The Yawanawa say that Samaúma connects to the ancestral energy and will also heat the head.
The Samaúma or Kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) grows in the Amazon. The Brazilian indigenous who live in the forest consider it to be a sacred tree. Samaúma trees can easily reach a height of 70 meters and therefore it is one of the largest trees in the world flora. This tree can remove water from great depths of the Amazonian soil and not only bring it to fuel itself, but also to share with other species.
The natives consider it “the mother of all trees. They call the roots sapobemba. In past times the Indians used these roots as a way of communication through the forest. By tapping the huge roots with a big piece of would coded messages traveled far in the jungle. Besides the medicinal properties, the forest people consider Samaúma a tree with magical powers. It protects the other trees in the forest and the inhabitants of the forest. Some times the Indians use samaú bark as an additive in a special version of the ayahuasca brew.
The Yawanawa call their Rapé “Rume”. It contains mostly the ash of the bark of the Tsunu tree. They add the ash of the bark of the Txunú tree and a strong tobacco that resembles mapacho (Nicotiana rustica). This makes a special and very unique Rapé blend. The Amazonian tribes use the Tsunu tree bark often for healing and curing purposes. Rapé has a supportive role during ayahuasca ceremonies and often used before ayahuasca. It enhances the effects and the opening of the spirit for the ceremony. But also during intense ceremonial experiences, it eases vomiting and cleaning.
“We mostly use rumê in our sacred ceremonies with UNI (our sacred drink, more commonly known as ayahuasca). But, rumê is also taken in the afternoon, before washing. The water cleans our body and spirit; it’s our favorite part of the day”.
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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.
I sieve this Samaúma Rapé 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.