Rapé

What is it?

Rape is a legal sacred shamanic snuff medicine, which is pronounced ‘ha-peh’ in English. Also, it’s known to be casually referred to as ‘hapi’ or ‘rapay’ by some Western people.
They are very rare, sacred, powerful, precious, profoundly healing and cleansing medicines. They are made in a very sacred and labour intensive process, and consist of various Amazonian medicinal plants, trees, leaves, seeds, and other sacred ingredients. some types of rape are made by various indigenous tribes, who originate from different South American countries – primarily Brazil and Peru.

What is Rapé used for?

Generally, rape helps one to re-align and open one’s chakras, improves grounding, releases any sickness on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, opens up the third eye, de-calcifies the pine gland, clears any mental confusion, releases any negative thoughts, connects to the divine breath and elevates the connection to spirit.

For indigenous Americans, tobacco is medically used as a cure of certain diseases, sores, wounds, and as a defence against insects and also as an analgesic and narcotic substance that eases fatigue, pain, hunger, and thirst.
Rapé enters deep into the nostrils, thereby cleaning out any residual mucus and exerting potent antibacterial effects. If the body is too congested with toxins, vomiting can be a side effect that leads to a thorough cleansing. The tobacco that is contained in most Rapé blends can potentiate the healing capacity of other plants, like Ayahuasca.
As Rapé contains nicotine, its use increases the brain blood flow and affects the release of several stimulatory neurotransmitter, such as epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, thereby heightening your focus, presence, and intuition and opening the body to higher communication and holistic thinking and understanding.

The Rapé process

rape ceremonyTraditionally, Rapé is administered with two different types of pipes, which are made from bamboo or bone. The first type of pipe is requiring the presence of another person, who will blow the snuff powerfully into each nostril of the partner who is going to receive and inhale Rapé. For that reason it is generally referred to as the blow pipe and in Brazilian it is called the „Tepi“. The other type of pipe is a self-applicator and is named „Kuripe“. The connection between mouth and nose is easily established through the V-shape of the pipe.
Blowing the Tepi involves an intimate connection between the Rapé giver and receiver. Both are closely connected by mouth, nose and by breath, and both need to open and allow the other spirit and intention to enter, permitting the healing to take place. Often the person blowing needs to be an experienced tribe member, as he sends his intention and spirit to the person inhaling, which affords a strong mind and clear focus. Hence, the essence of this blowing ritual does not depend on the strength of your blowing, but whether you can share yourself while doing it and thereby empowering the receiver. These ‘blowing rituals’ are of great importance in the shamanic tradition, which perceives the healing energy of breath (also known as ‘Soplada’ – which means blowing healing energy) as a major tool for healing.