The Bwiti traditions are comprised of a variety of “rites of passage” that have been designed around the use of Iboga, although not all rites include the ingestion of the Sacred Wood. Those who practise these traditions would define the Bwiti as being “a school of life”. The rites themselves contain within them, rituals and teachings centred around how to live well, both with the community, with nature and with our ancestors. It is an oral tradition that has been passed down for hundreds of years, if not more. Central is the idea of living and learning through direct experience with the plants, which open you to an internal discovery to learn about who you are and how to live in balance. It is a spiritual path of self discovery and mastery and an agent for physical and spiritual healing and a fast track to opening one’s consciousness and facilitating personal growth at an incredibly rapid rate. The use of Iboga in order to discover this knowledge is said to have originated with the Pygmy people deep in West Africa, eventually taken by the Bantu speaking people who developed the practice of the Bwiti traditions.

For centuries, followers of Bwiti tradition have used Iboga in physical or spiritual healing ceremonies, rites of passage, celebrations of births, marriages, deaths, self-discovery, personal development, connection to nature, direct communication with spirits and ancestors and simply to celebrate and give thanks to nature and the ancestors for the life they give.

One of the best English language sources of information on the religion is James W. Fernandez’s book, Bwiti:

  • An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa

  • An excellent review article is that of Goutarel, Gollnhofer and Sillans, Pharmacodynamics and Therapeutic Applications of Iboga and Ibogaine

Sexual Healing…

His father is a woman !
Bearded, certainly, but a woman !
The mother of her lover is the Bwiti-fully good Dissumba(Black Virgin)