Nawashahu is another beautiful feminine Rapé from the Yawanawa tradition, named after the woman who created it.
This Rapè is also called “Força Feminina”. Nawashahu is one of the daughters of Biraci and Putany.
Biraci is leader of the Yawanawà, and her mother is the first woman initiated into the Yawanawà spiritual tradition.
Nawa is a great composer, channel and singer of medicine songs in the ceremonies of the tribe and has become one of very few women who make their own Rapé.
She follows the basic Yawanawà recipe of Tabaco and ashes made from the bark of the Tsunu tree.
The Yawanawá are Located deep within the Amazon, in the Brazilian state of Acre, the Yawanawá are an indigenous community that serves an invaluable role as stewards of the rainforest.
Throughout their history, the Yawanawá, a group of about 1500 people spread across nearly half a million acres, have struggled to preserve their livelihood, battling numerous outside threats.
It is the songs, dances, stories, and ceremonies of a people that bond them through celebration. The Yawanawá People of the Amazon Rainforest keep cultural traditions that stretch back into antiquity.
For centuries they have lived, untouched by the outside world, in a jungle paradise gathering a great wisdom that is passed to each new generation.
Everything about their way of life has been informed by the jungle, the plants, the animals, and their dreams which makes them a cultural treasure for all of humanity to learn from.
The Appropriate Setting for a Rapé Ritual: Because the act of taking rapé is a prayer, the set and setting will impact the experience of your prayer. The best places to take rapé are outside in nature, at the altar during a medicine ceremony, or in a quiet sacred space indoors, with high-vibrational music playing. Avoid taking rapé where you might be interrupted by someone – An ideal setting allows you to fully experience the effect of the rapé without distraction and have the space for quiet contemplation.