Kuripe 'Lemniscate Snake' Crocodile Wood
A very special kuripe formed in the shape of a coiling snake. The serpent is coiled in a lemniscate shape (the infinity "8"), which in mysticism has become identified with a variation of the ouroboros, an ancient image of a snake eating its own tail that has also come to symbolize the infinite, and the ouroboros is sometimes drawn in figure-eight form to reflect this identification—rather than in its more traditional circular form.
Beautiful and exclusive snake kuripe, handcarved in Bali. These snuff pipes are carved from a single piece of Crocodile wood (Zanthoxylum rhetsa). The coiled snake fits perfectly in the hand and fits most noses and face types. The snake is in most cultures a symbol of initiation and rites of passage. The snake's venom, its nature to shed skin, association with the trickster, and its connection to kundalini, are also interesting symbols for the shaman.
The serpent is coiled in a lemniscate shape (the infinity "8"), which in mysticism has become identified with a variation of the ouroboros, an ancient image of a snake eating its own tail that has also come to symbolize the infinite, and the ouroboros is sometimes drawn in figure-eight form to reflect this identification—rather than in its more traditional circular form.
These shamanic tools from our friend in Bali have been made with love and gratitude. They are made with the intention of creating powerful magical tools for the holiest of purposes. Both the inside and outside of the tubes have been polished with blessed musk oil.
Traditionally, Nu-nu, Rapé and Tobacco snuffs are applied by using a pipe made from bamboo or bone, which is blown through each nostril, on both sides. They can be self-administered using a V-shaped self-applicator pipe, which connects the mouth to the nostrils. Alternatively, the can be administered by another person using a blow pipe, which connects the blower’s mouth to the other person’s nostrils. The self-applicator pipe is known as ‘Kuripe’, and the blow pipe is know as a ‘Tepi’ in the Brazilian tradition.
General suggestion is to use a pea sized amount (50% for each nostril) of medicine for beginners, and dosage can be increased after prolonged use of a specific Rapé. Also, it is suggested that you use them within a quiet sacred space without any interruptions – sitting upright, either cross-legged or in a chair with eyes closed after application. Also, suggested slow breathing after application through the mouth/nose is very important.
Rapé is a blend made of powdered herbs that have been used in the Amazon for ages. Sharing rapé is a cornerstone of Amazonian life and the powder is used in rituals but also in a more conventional setting with friends. There are two basic ways to administer rapé: the tepi (where another person blows the powder into your nose) or by self-administration with a crooked pipe made of wood called kuripe. The big advantage of using a kuripe is that you are in total control of the dosage. Of course, you can also use a kuripe to administer yopo or kanna.
How to use a kuripe
- Load the nose end (the long end) of the kuripe by carefully transferring some rapé with the palm of your hand.
- Tap the V-shaped end on a hard surface to remove any stuck rapé or air pockets.
- Take a deep breath, place the mouth end of your kuripe into your mouth and carefully fit the nose end into one of your nostrils.
- Lean forward a little, close your eyes (you don’t want to blow rapé into your eyes) and blow the rapé into your nostril.
- Enjoy the effect.
- If you need to increase the dosage refill the kuripe and administer through the other nostril (but don't overdo it.)
- Lean forward to minimize the back dripping of rapé. Feel the ground with your hands.
- Breathe slowly and deeply.
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