A two person applicator is a Tepi. The people in the forest use it for ceremonial rapé sharing.
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What is tepi and how do we use it?

What is a Tepi and how do we use it?
The Tepi is a two-person snuff applicator used for ceremonial rapé sharing in the forest. It is designed for blowing rapé powder into someone else’s nostrils and they come in various models. In the past, indigenous people used long bamboo or reeds for this purpose. The Tepi is now a common and less dramatic alternative for sharing rapé.

To use a Tepi, one person loads it with the right quantity of rapé powder while the other tilts their head back and places one end of the Tepi into their nostril. The first person then blows the powder through the other end of the Tepi, which is repeated for the other nostril. It’s important to use the Tepi gently, adjusting the strength of the blow as needed. After use, the Tepi may be cleaned for hygiene. The Tepi is an essential tool for experiencing the effects of rapé when used correctly.

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Different models of tepi applicator

Tepi applicators are a type of traditional snuff administration device that have been used for centuries by indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin for spiritual and medicinal purposes.

 

  • Bamboo Tepi: Bamboo tepi applicators are lightweight and durable, making them a popular choice for travelers and those on the go. They are the most common type of Tepi.

  • Wooden Tepi: Wooden Tepi applicators are often hand-carved from sustainable hardwoods like Palo Santo or Muiracatiara. They can be naturally hollow or drilled.

  • Metal Tepi: Metal tepi applicators are more modern and hygienic than wooden or bamboo tepis and are often made from stainless steel, brass or copper. When handled well they last forever.

  • Bone Tepi: Bone tepi applicators are popular among traditionalists and are in general made from animal bones like buffalo, deer or goat.

Take a look at others snuff tools and indigenous handicrafts!

Explore the diversity of rapé tools and tribal handicrafts used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin. Appreciating these tools and handicrafts made from natural materials, one can gain a deeper respect for the rich cultural heritage and traditions of these communities.

What is a Kuripe and how to use it?

A Kuripe is a traditional V shaped pipe used for self administering sacred snuff rapé. It is normally made from bamboo or bone but can also be made out of wood or metal. 
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Container

Rapé containers are vessels used for storing and transporting rapé, a sacred plant medicine that has been used for centuries in shamanic practices in South America.
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Brazilian Beadwork

Tribal beadwork is crafted in general by the women of the community and depicts sacred animals and beings from the spiritual realm, such as the boa constrictor, butterfly, and jaguar. 
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