Hapé

What is Hapé?

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Hapé is a sacred shamanic tool that has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history.

 

Hapé is blown high into the nostrils with a pipe made typically from bamboo or bone. The intense blow Immediately focuses the mind, stops the mind chattering and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore this helps in releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion enabling a thorough grounding of the mind.

This sacred medicine takes days to make and is a very labor intensive process that is done in a ceremonial way, out of various Amazonian healing medicinal plants, leaves, trees and seeds from native lands. The ashes that are used in Hapé come from the bark of a variety of medicinal and sacred trees. The production and choice of ashes and the exact composition and ratio of ingredients often remain a secret of the tribe.

South American shamans use Hapé as a sacred, wholesome medicine and there exists a very close connection between Hapé use and shamanism. Indigenous tribes use Hapé in ceremonies, to predict good weather, fishing or harvest, and for spiritual (e.g. vision quest, trance etc) and curing purposes.

 

The use of Hapé by indigenous tribes in South America, such as the Kaxinawá, Nu-nu, Yawanawá, and Katukina, is profoundly entrenched in their culture, and has been employed at least since the Mayan civilization for ritual, medicinal and recreational purposes.

Effects & Usage

Using Tobacco snuff or Hapé has many different purposes for indigenous tribes, whereof female puberty rites, initiation rites, cashiri drinking festivals, social rites, and healing ceremonies. Yet, every tribe has their own routine: some apply it every day after breakfast and dinner, other tribes use it three times during the night.

 

A typical Hapé ceremony involves a mutual administration by two persons. The Hapé is blown high up into the nostrils with a pipe made from bamboo or bone. The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the “mind chattering” and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions.

Furthermore, this helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind. Likewise, shamans use Hapé to re-align with their energy channels and with their higher self, and to intensify their connection with the world and the universe. In addition, Hapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby, assisting in fighting colds and snuffles. Moreover, Hapé stimulates the mind with its nicotinic content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition.