Shamanic Snuff – Haux Haux


Shamanic Snuff – Haux Haux

Haux Haux is a recipe we learned from a Txai from the Huni Kuin.

Haux Haux is a special recipe we learned from a Txai (brother) from the Huni Kuin tribe from Brazil. Made with a mixture of Arapiraca and Sabiá tobaccos and Tsunu ashes. It contains local herbs such as clove vine (Tynanthus elegans), yunu and a vine called heart of the boa for its heart shaped leaves. Heart of the boa is a plant said to act on the heart chakra and also said to be physically beneficial for the heart. Clove vine is a natural analgesic and stimulant, used in Brazil in the Umbanda mediumship for cleaning the subtle bodies.


Haux, a sacred word, is intoned for the beginning and end of prayers or healing rituals by the Shamans. According to Huni Kuin or Kaxinawa cosmology Haux was the first sound emitted by Yuxibu, the mythical boa constrictor and creator of their people. Yuxibu taught medicine and spirituality to the people. Popularized by lovers of indigenous culture, nowadays it is frequently used, but it is a word of power, usually confused with greeting. Traditionally its use was limited to rituals, prayer and healing works. Some of the elders don’t agree with the popularization, saying it is a very serious invocation or vow. When Haux is intoned at the beginning of a healing or prayer the person vows to work from that moment as a channel for the higher powers.


Txai is a word from the indigenous universe of South America commonly used as a form of greeting to show affection and respect. The word’s origin comes from the pano linguistic root of the Hatxa Kuin language, which is spoken by the Huni Kuin (Kaxinawá) tribe. In their culture, the original meaning of Txai is the mutual recognition of oneself in the other. The use of the word has expanded to represent a true spirit of alliance between indigenous peoples and western friends.

Sacred Connection Shamanic Snuff

Deep in the virgin forests of the Brazilian Amazon, since time immemorial the indigenous people living there have used their sacred plants for healing and prayer. Tobacco is one of the most important.

The Pano tribes of the Brazilian western Amazon use their tobacco mainly in the form of snuff: Rapé, or in their own language Rumã. They prepare their snuffs by mixing the finest tobacco powder with the ritualistically crafted ashes of specific trees. The snuffs are occasionally blended with selected herbs for a variety of objectives such as flavor, spiritual power, and healing.

Whereas “normal” snuff is inhaled, Shamanic Snuff is blown into the nose with tools called Kuripe and Tepi – one for self-application, the other for sharing with another person.

For the last ten years Sacred Connection has been working closely with these tribes, building capacity by bringing their products to the world. We have an extensive selection of indigenous snuffs and carry our own line of Shamanic Snuffs that we produce according to the highest quality standards and under the direct supervision of our partners from the forest.

More About Rapé

Rapé is a shamanic snuff, usually made with tobacco, found throughout the Amazon. It is used in traditional Amazonian medicine and shamanism as a medicinal herb, and as a tool for shamanic journeying.

Although rapé usually contains tobacco, it can contain a number of different herbs and plants to alter the experience. 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.

Depending on the cultural group, rapé is used in different ways. It is often used recreationally as a stimulant, but is also used to enhance the power of other plant medicines, or on its own for its transformative power. 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.

Use with respect and care; it is a tobacco product and can be habit forming!


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