The Noble Kuripe
Kuripes made out of wood extracted from the Amazon Forest are amongst the most traditional and durable options of Shamanic Snuff applicators, in addition to uniting the strength of the tree which the wood comes from, and the spirits that circle around and revolve countless native flora from the rainforest, often sacred to the peoples that there reside.
This renewable resource is the root (pun intended!) of many of the applicators offered by Sacred Connection’s team and our artisan partners; and for these specific models, the source material comes from recycling processes meant for reusing, which in its turn adds a strong touch of sustainability to these handcrafted tools.
All the woods used in the making of these Kuripes are considered noble, which means that they’re especially resistant to insects, termites, and other agents that may damage the material, in addition to being free of any strong odors related to other wooden products.
Aesthetically speaking, the colors of these woods are quite vibrant and beautiful, varying from burgundy tones all the way to more yellowish hues. The finishing process used by the artisan that makes these Kuripes adds an even more gorgeous look to these applicators, making them look lustrous and refined. The resulting smooth surface promotes a comfortable grip for this sacred tool.
Handmade exclusively for you!
These Kuripes are made by our longtime friend, Rafael, who’s an incredibly dedicated and highly talented crafter of hardwood goods and tools. Rafael comes from a line of craftsmen – from a young age, he’d attend festivals that gathered the skills of countless local artisans, and soon became a part of his family’s workshop along with his brothers. It was then that his admiration for the intricate work of woodcrafting arised.
His craft joins forces with his own journeying of self-discovery and purpose, and experiences through the world of Sacred Healing, which started with rituals of Ayahuasca and, later on, Rapé. Rafael describes the shamanic snuff as “a father who guides him and offers the strength needed to keep moving forward.”
Rafael’s gorgejous works carry his love for crafting and respect for the spirits of Rapé, and his care in choosing his materials and sense of duty to preserve Mother Nature only add even more beauty to these Kuripes brought to you by Sacred Medicine!
You can read more about Rafael and his creative process in our blog!
The Power of Rapé
Using Rapé is a most sacred practice. It has been a part of countless native peoples’ customs all across the Amazon Forest, carrying much more importance and cultural weight than a simple solution to physical ailments, like taking an aspirin to alleviate a strong headache.
It is a ritual, a ceremony, whether it’s done on a daily basis before work, to prepare oneself for hunting or a mundane journey, or even as means to connect with one another and ancestors and spirits.
To use Rapé is to understand its importance, its historical significance, and its place in indigenous culture. It requires time and dedication to the process, respect for its origins and its benefits, and understanding how we can benefit from it.
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