Tobacco or No Tobacco? Choosing the Right Rapé Snuff Blend for Your Ceremony

Like most tobacco used in shamanic ceremonies, the purpose of rapé snuff is to ground, center, and invigorate you. As it’s understood in Amazonian shamanic cultures, the unique properties of tobacco clear away panema—the indigenous word for negative energies and emotions—which manifests as numerous health problems. But within this niche of plant medicine, there are […]

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From Rapé to Mapacho: Uncovering the Ceremonial and Medicinal Benefits of Sacred Tobacco

Earlier this year, I had my first experience with sacred tobacco while attending a ceremonial sweat lodge headed by a Lakota medicine woman. Before we entered the blazing hot tent where we would sit for several hours sweating out toxins, she gathered the fifteen or so participants into a circle and explained that before undergoing […]

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Setting Up a Rapé Ceremony: Honoring Intention and Ritual in Sacred Tobacco

When blowing a pea-sized pellet of tobacco up someone’s nose, the key is to be measured and powerful with your breath. Shamans say the breath—and the intention behind it—is the crux to the proper administration of the Amazonian snuff called rapé in a ceremony which is traditionally an intense experience. The ceremony actually involves two […]

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