Rap?: Its Production, Effects, And Application Using Tepi Or Kuripe Sharmanic Sn

Posted by Lucy Caine on November 20th, 2017

Rapé, precise unification of medicinal herbs in powdered form, is extensively used by healers hailing from the Amazon basin since ages. This sacred shamanic medicine has become an integral part of their rich tribal tradition. Consumed through the nose with the help of Kuripe Rapé self-applicator, it is regarded as a ritual in all important ceremonies, including puberty, initiation, festivals, and any friendly get-together. According to the belief, sharing Rapé establishes a strong connection with the forces of nature, furnishes healing benefits from the revered medicinal plants, and their blessings to boot.

The experience that you enjoy, whether it is fragrant, thought-provoking or psychoactive, clearly depends on the type of pulverized plants used to prepare the blend for inhaling.

Production: Rapé


The mixture of Rapé contains plant root bark, seeds, leaves, plant ashes and tobacco. Initially, the tobacco is sliced and dried on a slow flame. Followed by, pulverizing dried plant constituents and tobacco leaves are carried out with a mortar (mixed with pestle derived from rosewood to add a scent ). Then the blend is sieved and grounded again to produce a fine mixture which is stored in bottles later. 

Effects: Rapé


Two people participate in a Rapé ritual. As the mixture is blown through the nose, with the help of a pipe specially made out of bamboo and bones, it reaches high into the nostrils. This strong blow has a calming effect on the mind, channelizing it to reach your true intentions. In addition, rapé has the power which mitigate the symptoms of ailments, physical and emotional both. It frees the mind from all sorts of negative emotions and commotion and helps you maintain composure.

In the same token, shamans are known to employ rapé to unite the energy channels with their higher self. This allows them to deepen their connection with the universe as a whole. Also, rapé cleanses the body, removing harmful substances such as toxins, mucus, disease-causing germs, and bacteria. This is the reason why rapé is used as an anti-allergic that helps to combat flu, fever, and more.

Application: Rapé


Conventionally, rapé is administered with distinct pipe types, namely Tepi and Kuripe. While the former one requires the presence of two individuals where one person blows the snuff into the inhaler’s nostrils, the latter is a Kuripe Sharmanic snuff applicator which has a V-shape to build an easy contact with the mouth and nose.

Tepi is associated with an intimate connection that is formed between the giver and the receiver. The healing is followed in both the individuals which offers strength and stability of the mind.


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