Caboclo Paricá Rapé
Our Caboclo Paricá Rapé blend is not for the weak hearted, it is a powerful medicine to go deep. Rapé blends of late have become overall stronger and stronger. This was one of the first blends to be of this powerful variety. It is energetic and grounding. When taking a bit more it takes you all the way. Made with powerful Rustica tobacco and ashes from the bark of a tree locally known as Paricá. This Paricá is not to be confused with the Yopo snuff that is sometimes also known as parica. The ashes are also known as Xixá.
One of the best and oldest non-indigenous Rapé crafters of the region makes this very special Rapé. Growing up deep in the forest he started working as a youngster tapping rubber, saw a city for the first time when he was sixteen. He is a great connoisseur of the forest, its flora and its medicines.
More About Rapé
Rapé is a shamanic snuff, usually made with tobacco and found throughout the Amazon. Traditional Amazonian medicine and shamanism uses it as a medicinal herb, and as a tool for shamanic journeying.
Indigenous snuff usually contains tobacco and special ashes. It can contain a number of different herbs and plants. These are for flavor and sometimes for their alleged medicina properties. In addition, the strength of the tobacco used can change depending on the blend!
Rapé is usually administered by a shaman, through a pipe called a tepi. Small quantities of rapé are blown up the nostrils, one after the other. The effect can be powerful and immediate!
You can also take rapé yourself, using a special pipe called a kuripe. You will lose out on the experience and knowledge of the shaman, who can impart energetic healing and guidance too.
Distinct cultural group use Raoé in different ways. They consecrate it on its own for its transformative power or to enhance the power of other plant medicines. Sometimes they use it recreationally as a stimulant to give nergy for physical labor. It has a number of purported medicinal properties – its capacity to provoke purging means it has a reputation as a cleanser of toxins from the body, and a booster of natural immunity.
The people called Caboclos are the fruit of the historical syncretic relations dating back to the post-colonization period of our continent, bringing the fusion of the Indigenous, European and African elements. This is where the experience of new nuances of tastes and knowledge fuses the molds of their origins giving us an experience of the elements presented here. In this mixture of peoples that is the population of the Amazon we find some great Rapé crafters making beautiful medicine bringing their own cultural influences.