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The Kuripe is a bit of a contradiction. It is, by far, the best selling rapé pipe on the Planet. But also the least used applicator in the real rapé ceremonies. Let me explain.

So, you already know what the shamanic snuff tobacco (a.k.a. rapé) is, right? If you don’t or you think you may want to delve into it, check my essay What is rapé?

Summary (click on a title to jump to the most relevant section to you)

Introduction
What is a Kuripe
Different kinds of Kuripes
Is Kuripe the best rapé pipe
What does Kuripe mean
How to use your Kuripe pipe
Where to buy the best Kuripe online
How to choose the right self-applicator pipe for you
How to make your Kuripe pipe
How to keep your Kuripe applicator safe
What the Kuripe has to do with Ayahuasca

Introduction

To take rapé you need a pipe. Ok: technically you can sniff it from your hand right into your nose (is that why they call it hippie cocaine?). But I strongly advise against. Taking rapé has nothing to do with recreational drugs. Really! It is a ceremony, and as such has to be approached.

The traditional rapé ceremony involves a shaman, a skilled person who delivers the rapé into your nostrils. The rapé pipe used during the ceremony is the Tepi, which is designed for the shaman to blow the snuff tobacco into your nose.

The Kuripe pipe is different. It is smaller than the Tepi and v-shaped. It has been invented to allow one to administer the rapé himself. That’s why the kuripe pipe is also called self-administering applicator.

So, why this rapé pipe is so popular? Because the shamanic snuff tobacco use is booming everywhere. More and more people buy rapé out of curiosity, just to give it a try, without knowing if and when they will start taking it more seriously.

A perfect rapé companion

In this scenario, the Kuripe is the perfect rapé companion. It’s small, portable, usually cheaper than the Tepi, and honestly quite cute. Just check online: you will quickly find hundreds of Kuripes in various materials, shapes, and styles.

Don’t get me wrong: I love the Kuripe. I have been taking rapé for a long time and I make my pipes by myself. I own several of those and I use them regularly.

The Kuripe is great to take rapé when you are alone. But if you want to get into the shamanic snuff tobacco seriously, you will need a Tepi pipe too.

That been said, there’s much more to say about this pipe. I’ve broken down what I know in 10 points. Feel free to jump right to the one which sounds more interesting to you.

What is a Kuripe

What is a Kuripe pipe

A Kuripe is a pipe meant to be used to self-administer rapé. It is small, shaped like a V and usually (but not always) made out of bamboo. Why bamboo? Because it’s cheap, easy to handle, and fit to be easily turned into a rapé pipe.

Kuripes are also made out of bones. There are much harder to find and usually why more expensive. For whom is into deep shamanism, bone can be preferable because of the spirit of the animal to which belongs to.

It’s hard for me to advise you about this topic. I am still finding my way toward shamanism and I am still quite a logic-driven person. I would say: go with bamboo to start and keep listening to the signs.

Different kinds of Kuripes

While I am referring here to a single kind of Kuripe, there are actually three different variations of this pipe.

The most common and widespread is the simplest. A v-shaped pipe with an in and an out only, and no moving parts.

Another Kuripe you may find is the so-called Double Nose Kuripe, which has 2 out, one for each nostril of your nose. During years of practicing have never met anyone using it. I believe that taking rapé in two blows, one for each nostril, is way better for many reasons. For instance, one nostril is ofter more open than the other one, which requires to blow each nostril with different strength.

You may also find a 2 in 1 rapé pipe, which can be adapted to be either a Tepi or a Kuripe. I have never tried it. But it seems quite a complicated object to me. Too complicated, maybe?

Is Kuripe the best rapé pipe?

In short, no. While the Kuripe is by far the best selling rapé pipe, it is not the most appropriate way to administer the shamanic snuff tobacco.

Buy a Kuripe if you want to experiment with rapé on your own. But it if you are an experienced rapé user and you want a new applicator for yourself. Buy one as a present for someone who knows what is doing.

Instead, if you want to practice with rapé ceremonies go for a Tepi pipe and find a trusted shaman.

What does Kuripe mean?

Ehm… I have no idea. Not yet. I asked many rapé people in my network (some of them are Brazilian) and none of them knows the etymology of the work Kuripe. I will keep looking into it, though. I promise!

How to use your Kuripe pipe

how to use a kuripe pipe

I am more of a pragmatic than a liturgic. So, if you want to take rapé with your Kuripe pipe you can do it any way you want, as long as it works for you.

However, there are some rituals you may like to introduce in your little ceremony.

Rapé is not a drug (more at my post: Is rapé addictive?). But taking rapé is nevertheless a sort of a trip. Get ready to it, then. Before the ceremony, take a minute or so to relax and prepare. Inhale and exhale deeply. Focus your mind on what you would like to achieve.
When you feel ready, close your eyes and blow the first shot of rapé on one of your nostrils. Wait, feel it in your forehead, try to understand it.

Then go with the second shot, which may be stronger or softer depending on how open your nostrils are. The amount of rapé should be the same in each nostril, but not necessarily. If you feel one needs less or more, follow your intuition.
Just don’t overdose!

Where to buy the best Kuripe online

Amazon, the world’s biggest online shop, doesn’t sell rapé-related products. Not yet, at least. Which is, in my opinion, very good news.

While Kuripe is technically a quite simple object, it is also a sensitive one.
Your pipe will soon become a very personal thing. You want it to be crafted with care and love, by someone who knows and loves what is doing.

What’s my take then? The best online shop to buy a Kuripe is Etsy.com. While I am writing this post there are 376 different Kuripe on sale on Etsy. It’s a lot of Kuripes! There are made by hundreds of different artisans in dozen of countries. Some of them live and work in South America, that is where rapé comes from. Others in Europe, India, US…

Others trusted shopping destination for Kuripe and rapé-related items include Katukina and Sacred Snuff.

How to choose the right self-applicator pipe for you

We all have a different shaped nose. Also, the proportions of our faces are different. That’s why there is no such thing as a Kuripe pipe for everybody. At least in theory. Because, well: we are living in an imperfect world and we all have to accept compromises.

My best advice is: make your own Kuripe. It is not that hard and after some unavoidable mistakes, you will eventually craft the perfect pipe for you. Read on for more details.

If you don’t want to go down this road, the second-best option is to try the Kuripe before buying it. In Arambol, where I live most of the year, it’s easy to buy pipes at the beach market. You can also easily find Kuripes in most psytrance festivals and hippie communities around the World.

If you decide to buy it online, check the reviews. On Etsy, the most popular destination for this kind of products, the reviews are usually quite reliable.

Nevertheless, remember: even if you go for the best selling and best-reviewed Kuripe, you may end up finding your rapé pipe doesn’t perfectly fit you.

How to make your Kuripe pipe

how to make a kuripe pipe

As mentioned before, there is no better Kuripe pipe that the one you make by yourself.

I will expand this topic soon, with some in-depth instructions based on my personal experience. For the moment, let me tell you that you can create a very basic Kuripe pipe using a bamboo straw, a saw, some sandpaper, and a glue.

If you want to see how you make yourKuripe, there is a self-explaining video on Youtube about how to make this kind of pipe.

How to keep your Kuripe applicator safe

So, you already have your Kuripe pipe, and you want to know how to keep it clean?

Easy job. Like any other pipe, Kuripe fears dust. So, store it in a bag when you are not using it. This should be doing it.

Also, you can buy a cleaning brush to clean the Kuripe from time to time. You can purchase one on Amazon or elsewhere: they are very cheap.

What the Kuripe has to do with Ayahuasca

If you are involved with the Ayahuasca tribe, you may have heard many talking about the Kuripe. That’s because taking rapé is often an important part of the Ayahuasca ceremony.

Shamans administer rapé to people to prepare them to the Ayahuasca journey.

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