What exactly is Rapeh?
Rapeh is a traditional snuff produced by indigenous tribes of South America.
Is Rapeh known by other names?
Yes, Rapeh may also be referred to as Rapé, Hape, Hapeh, and Ruma.
Who makes Rapeh?
Usually, but not always, the men of the tribe make Rapeh. The production of Rapeh is labor-intensive.
How is Rapeh made?
Rapeh is created by pulverizing dried plant materials and tree ash until they reach a super fine consistency.
Does all Rapeh contain tobacco?
No, some types of Rapeh, like the renowned Awiry Rapeh from the Apurinã tribe, contain no tobacco at all.
Is Rapeh good for me?
As with all things, abuse can lead to problems. However, moderate use of Rapeh appears to be safe.
What are the dangers of Rapeh?
Most Rapeh contains tobacco, so there's always the potential risk of addiction. Monitor your use carefully.
How long does Rapeh last?
When stored in a dry, dark, and cool place within an airtight container, Rapeh can last for years.
What kind of tobacco is used in Rapeh?
The most common type of tobacco used in Brazil is Nicotiana tabacum, while in Peru, it's Nicotiana Rustica, more commonly known as Mapacho
Isn't Nicotiana Rustica more natural?
While Nicotiana Rustica is often reported to be more 'rustic' or natural, it is actually hybridized more than Brazil's Nicotiana tabacum. Therefore, the Nicotiana tabacum used in Brazilian Rapeh is more natural.
Who makes the best Rapeh?
Indigenous tribal people, using traditional methods of collection, drying, and processing, produce the finest Rapeh.
What is the purpose of Rapeh?
Rapeh formulations are diverse, but they commonly aim to purify, enhance focus, induce grounding, and promote feelings of peace. This traditional snuff is often used as a spiritual tool for personal balance.
What is Panema and how does it relate to Rapeh?
Panema refers to a spiritual imbalance or a state of disharmony. Rapeh is believed to aid in rectifying this imbalance by providing purification and promoting spiritual balance.
How do I take Rapeh?
Rapeh is administered with a Kuripe, which blows the Rapeh up the nasal passages. Unlike some illegal drugs, Rapeh is not snorted.
How can I administer Rapeh to another?
Rapeh is given to another person using a special pipe called a Tepi. One end is placed in the recipient's nostril while the other person blows sharply.
Why do tribes say "Haux Haux" after administering Rapeh?
According to the Kaxinawa tribe, 'Haux Haux' roughly translates to 'Let the cure come,' encouraging the acceptance of healing after administering a sacrament.