Rapé (Hapé, Rapéh)

As a brief introduction to the Initiates that find their way here, we offer a selection of Rapé (Hapé, Rapéh) to the seeker that desires initiation with The Master of All Plants, Tobacco.

This is only a brief introduction to the blends that we are currently working with.  We are working on putting more detailed information together but hopefully this will assist you in choosing when to use the different blends.

All blends will clear your energy and auric field.

The variation in the blends is important to understand when you want to work on a specific area (for example: upper or lower Chakras, the Mind, connecting with your inner child, tapping into the earth’s wisdom etc.) and can therefore harmonize with and strengthen your intention. 

We have placed some strength indicators on the first line of each product.  You may find that these differ based on your use. They are meant as a general guide to assist you.  We also have tools available (kuripe and tepi) to serve yourself or someone else. 

Tobacco snuff is a sacred shamanic medicine or tool, that has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history. Rapé is the name for one of many of these snuffs, and it’s foundation lies by numerous indiginous tribes in Acre, Brazil. Curiously, Rapé is not sniffed, snorted or inhaled. Instead, it is administered (blown) into the nostrils with a special blowpipe called “Kuripe” (self administration) or “Tepi” (another person administers). This “blow” is quite forceful and not specifically pleasant. It can be rather shocking.

The appearance of a Rapé is a grey- to sand coloured, very fine and dry dust. It is traditionally prepared by ceremonial pounding of Tabaco (N. rustica) with tree ashes, followed by patiently filtering it through a fine mesh, resulting in a dust as fine as 125 micron. The varieties of Tabaco used are not the commonly known N. tabacum, but N. rustica, such as “Corda” or “Moi” and in cases also “Mapacho”. Given the potency of the tobacco, Nicotiana rustica, which is stronger and darker than Nicotiana tabacum, it can elicit mind alerting and grounding effects

The ashes that are the second important component in a Rapé come from the bark of a variety of medicinal or sacred trees. The production and choice of ashes and the exact composition and ratio of ingredients often remain a secret of the tribe.

South American shamans use tobacco as a sacred, wholesome medicine and there exists a very close connection between tobacco use and shamanism that has little in common with our western way of tobacco use. Indigenous tribes use tobacco in ceremonies, to predict good weather, fishing, or harvest, and for spiritual (e.g. vision quest, trance etc) and curing purposes, but rarely for smoking. The use of tobacco by indigenous tribes in South America, such as the Kaxinawá, Nu-nu, Yawanawá, and Katukina, is profoundly entrenched in their culture, and has been employed at least since the Mayan civilization for ritual, medicinal and recreational purposes.