Hape Apurina Description
Since we get our Hape directly from the tribes, it's fresh. The strength and potency of each batch will vary slightly depending on the harvest season, the specific medicinal herb combinations, and the tribal region. Each batch of Hape is limited and unique. If you like a particular Hape, consider purchasing more than one, as we can only ensure the deliverability of specific varieties.
Contains - No Tobacco
Gifts - This unique blend, referred to as "Hape' of Light" Apurina Awiri, has a flowery scent and smells like being in the middle of the jungle. It helps open the senses, gives clarity, and intensifies your dreams. Beautiful to tune in with the more subtle energies of the forest and its healing plant spirits. Very open and deeply quiet, it brings a silent feminine energy that is beautiful to meditation.
Directions - To self-administer Hape, use a V-shaped self-applicator pipe known as a "Kuripe," which joins your mouth to your nostril. If you have another person, you can use a large blowpipe, called a "Tepi," to blow the Hape into another person's nostrils.
If you are new to using Hape, put a pencil eraser size of Hape into the palm of your hand. Split it in half, and blow it in each nostril. Typically, you will work up to a pencil eraser size in each nostril as your body adjusts to using the Hape. Afterward, allow yourself to sit for 10-20 minutes to quiet your mind and receive your intention.
Tribe Info - This Hapé is made by the Apurina tribe that lives in the Southern part of the Amazons. They want to keep the recipe secret. They say they harvest the plants at a sacred place in the forest left to them by their ancestors. They mainly use the Hapé medicine in their tribe to meditate, hunt, and open their senses. In the Yawanawa tradition, they don't use tobacco after a Kambo session for a few days, so this is a tobacco-free shape.
What is Hapé?
Hapé is the preparation of powdered medicinal herbs, which is administered through the nose as a snuff. The effects are experienced promptly and intensely, and it elicits feelings of alertness and elevation. Hapé is generally made with mapacho (Aztec tobacco, which contains 9 times the nicotine of common tobacco) as a base and other plant medicines mixed in for various effects.
This ancient practice of consuming powdered plant medicines through the nose dates back to the pre-Columbian days and was first observed among the indigenous tribes of Brazil. To these tribes, hapé is a sacred shamanic snuff medicine with extensive healing and other powers. Other uses include inducing visions, increasing energy, and heightening the senses with the aromatic fragrance of the plants used in the blend.
Hapé is made from different medicinal plants for different purposes. Several tribes traditionally use hape, each producing their own Hapé blends. These tribes include but are not limited to the Katukina, Yawanawa, Kaxinawa, Nukini, Kuntanawa, Apurinã, Ashaninka, and Matses.
In 1577 doctor and botanist Francisco Hernández de Boncalo introduced herbal snuff in Europe, and the elites of that time often took snuff as a headache treatment. During the 18th century, inhaling snuff became fashionable among the European aristocracy.
Today, indigenous tribes in the Amazon basin continue to use hapé in all aspects of life, from formal rituals to social gatherings to simply tuning into Nature and welcoming the healing power of sacred plant medicines.
The ritual use of hapé was introduced to the West by traveling shamans through ayahuasca ceremonies and visitors who have spent time in the jungle with indigenous communities. Ritual hapé use is making its way around the world.