The Puyanawa is an indigenous group that inhabits the extreme west of the Brazilian state of Acre. They suffered greatly from the exploitation of rubber in the late 19th and early 20th century, since then many have died from illnesses and clashes. Their culture became nearly extinct , while they were forced to work as slaves in the rubber plantations they were catechized and forced to attend schools . Like many of the tries in the region they have since started a movement to regain their cultural identity. Recently they organized the first indigenous convention about Ayahuasca bringing together many tribes from the region to discuss their position on the spreading of the use of their ancestral medicines.
Parica’ Rapeh Snuff
$37.00 – $155.00
is one of the strongest rapehs we carry. It is a rapeh for strong meditation. Made from the bark of the Parica, this rapeh is to be used with responsibility, as all rapehs are, but particularly the Parica as it is used. Mainly by the pajé of the tribes to increase his/her powers as a healer and to diagnose illnesses and put you in touch with the Great Spirit.
Among the karimé Indians, paricá is called kokoíme. And kokoíme is also the name of the Great Mountain Spirit, who lives on this plant. It is enough to snuff to receive a portion of that spirit and its exceptional strengths. During the ceremonial consumption of the kokoíme, the pajé talks to the spirits.