The Yawanawá, or the tribe of the white-lipped peccary, is a small tribe of 1,300 people, living remotely in only a few villages along the Gregório River. They are known as warriors, as they always keep on fighting, even in hard times. At some point in history, their tribe was almost extinct, with only about 300 members left. Nowadays their tribe has grown again, and their traditions and knowledge have been conserved in a very strict way.
An extremely popular and famous Rapé.The basis of this extraordinary and famous Rapé is Arapiraca Tobacco and Parica ashes. It is simply referred to as "Parika". This highly praised Rapé blend is cherished among connoisseurs and healers alike due to its strong powerful effects as well as its active antibacterial ingredients. This Parika is what you’d expect from a traditional grey Rapé, yet it is full of force. It hits like a needle in the center of perception with surgical precision, eliminating all mind activity. This Parika is extremely high vibrational and helps with clearing of negative and stuck energies in the body and mind. An outstanding Rapé with minimal purging effects. Revered by the many people who have used this exquisite Rapé, as one of the best ever produced.
A must for the collector. This is a highly praised Rapé called Yawanawa Parika.
Made by a non-tribal shaman. All the ingredients have been collected from the indigenous themselves, yet they have been prepared by a close friend who visits the indigenous Yawanawá tribe peoples frequently.
This is an extremely fine powder, creamy to the touch. It takes great effort to produce such a fine powder, entirely void of stems, veins, grains and bits, and at a 100-micron fineness. This is our standard and provides the best Rapé experience.
Other names: Parika, Parica, Yawanawa Grey
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“Kanarô”, for the Yawanawá, means to miss, to miss a lot, to even cry because of this absence. And this is usually how travelers feel when they leave the Yawanawá villages…
The Yawanawa Tribe
The Yawanawa tribe is located at the Gregoria River between Peru and Bolivia, not far from Acre. The tribal language belongs to the Pano linguistic group of Western Amazonia. Hunting and Fishing are two of their main economic activities. Oftentimes the hunted food will be the only resource of alimentation in difficult weather conditions.
The Yawanawá share their territory with the Katukina tribe and most members of one tribe will be married with those of another tribe or with other foreign allies. These connections were made during the time of colonization. Due to resources, like caoutchouc, missioners decided to stay in order to create a profitable business. These days, more sustainable allies that support the culture and stability of the tribes, have been established.
The Yawanawa - or the people of the wild boar - hold a strong belief in shamans. The one to be initiated as a shaman has to go through many processes and tasks, which include that he has to suck on the heart of an anaconda or strike down a bees hive. In addition, the becoming shaman has to go through diets that prohibit the consumption of meat, fruits or sweets, and solely focus on taking the medicine for a year. During the initiation, certain hallucinogenic plants will be ingested such as ayahuasca, pepper, datura, rapé, and tobacco juices (Jauregui et al. 2011).
The most sacred plant for the Yawanawa is a plant called the “rare much”. Not many members of their tribe have eaten the root of this plant during ceremonies. Only men who are becoming a warrior or a healer would be allowed to go through initiation with rare much. The rituals will be guided by special incantations, smudging herbs, and saying prayers.
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Historically, the Yawanawa tribe received rapé soon after a famous healer of their tribe died. The tribe believes that this sacrament arose to cure diseases of the mind, psyche, and body, by enhancing the connection with one's spirit and enabling them to travel without their physical bodies. Their rapé tradition is very old, and in earlier times, only the medicine man of the tribe - the pajeh - was allowed to take rapé and connect with the forest spirits. Nowadays, all tribe members can take rapé freely and for certain ceremonies and rites.
The rapé of the Yawanawa tribe is called in their language “Rume” and mostly contains ash of the bark of the Txunú tree and strong tobacco that resembles mapacho (Nicotiana rustica), making it a special and very unique rapé blend. The txunú tree bark is often used for healing and curing purposes in Amazonian tribes and has a supportive role during ayahuasca ceremonies. It is often used before ayahuasca, enhancing the effects and opening the spirit for the ceremony, but also during intense ceremonial experiences, easing the vomiting and cleaning.
The Yawanawá were the first tribe that initiated a woman to become a shaman. The first female shaman, Hushahu Yawanawá, set a huge example in the history of shamans and even received a national award for outstanding women leaders of Brazil, thereby motivating other women to become shamans. Nowadays, the revolutionist Hushahu is amongst the most respected spiritual leaders of the Yawanawá tribe. Moreover, this daring woman is well-known for making one of the best
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