Shamanic snuffs are powdered plant mixtures that are insufflated (snorted) as part of shamanic practices. Most commonly shamanic snuff is tobacco-based, like the popular rapé (ha-pay) used in South American Shamanism.
Although the composition of shamanic snuff will vary from culture to culture, most often they are used to induce a change of consciousness, and can be used in conjunction with other plant medicines such as ayahuasca.
Typically, shamans will administer shamanic snuff through a pipe, blowing it into the nostrils of their participants. It can induce powerful experiences, especially if strong tobacco is used. Shamanic snuffs have an important place in many shamanic cultures.
Rapé (pronounced ha-PAY) is a blend powdered medicinal herbs that the Indians of the Amazon basin have been consuming through the nose since pre-Columbian times. Sharing rapé, or “passando rapé, takes place in all aspects of Amazonian life, from formal ritual use in rites of puberty, initiationRead More
In the Amazon, since pre-Columbian times, Indians have been taking powdered medicinal herbs through the nose. Called rapé – pronounced ha-PAY – in the Brazilian Amazon, among the tribes the sharing of medicinal snuff takes place in aspects of life; from formal ritual use in rites of puberty, initiation, and festivals, to simply hanging out…Read More
How to Take Sacred, Medicinal Rapé with the Right Intention Rapé (pronounced ha-PAY) is a preparation of powdered medicinal herbs – often with a tobacco base – that the Indians of the Amazon basin blow through the nose, either with a small V-shaped self applicator, or with the help of a buddy. In contemporary Amazonia,…Read More
Rapé – pronounced ha-PAY – is a preparation of powdered medicinal herbs, often with a tobacco base – that is taken through the nose. This practice of consuming powdered plant medicines through the nose is pre-Columbian and was first observed among the Brazilian indigenous tribes. In Europe, herbal snuff was introduced by the doctor and botanic Francisco HernándezRead More