Sacred Rapé in Ecuador
Rapé (pronounced ha-pay) is a tobacco powder medicine. Also known as sacred snuff, it has been used ceremonially in the Amazonian regions of South America for thousands of years.
Sharing rapé was traditionally done in a ritualistic way. Because the medicine can have stimulating or psychoactive effects (depending on what plants were used to make it) receiving rapé can bring about a profound experience. Because the medicine is sacred, Rapé as a prayer calling upon the forces of Nature, the blessing of the animals of the forest, and power of medicinal plants to heal us and give us strength.
Santiago shared Rapé during San Pedro ceremonies and hikes, and Ayahuasca ceromonies..