Shows how African shamans have used ibogaine for hundreds of years to communicate with ancestral spirits
• Includes an interview with shaman Mallendi, initiation-master of the sacred root
• Shows that the iboga plant, and its derivative ibogaine, is an anti-addictive agent, especially for heroin
• Reveals how ibogaine has been suppressed by the DEA, the FDA, and Christian ministries
Iboga, spiritual ally of African shamans since antiquity, yields ibogaine, a powerful psychotropic substance. It is used mainly in Gabon and Cameroon in a secret, initiatory tradition called bwiti-nganza, in which physical and psychological illnesses can be rooted out and cured. Intense psychological conditioning that includes the rites of confession, contacting and honoring one’s ancestors, and construction of an in-depth psychological inventory are all part of the initiate’s encounter with this sacred root.
Like many visionary and initiatory plants, iboga is a key that gives access to other modes of being and consciousness. Despite its suppression by the FDA since the 1960s, and more recently by the DEA, researchers have shown that ibogaine provides a powerful adjunct to psychology due to its miraculous ability to break addictions--most notably to heroin. To the followers of the Bwiti religion, ibogaine is the indispensable means by which humans can truly communicate with the deepest reaches of their soul and with the spirits of their ancestors. This book details the traditions and techniques of iboga’s use by African shamans and the essential role it occupies in that community in order both to preserve this knowledge and to show how ibogaine may have an important role to play in our modern world. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (3)
Cure for heroin addiction
This is an excellent book that introduces the African herb, Iboga.Iboga has been shown to be a natural way to eliminate withdrawal symptoms for heroin users that would like to give up their addiction. Anyone who is addicted to heroin or methadone or has an addicted loved one needs to read this book.
Nganga Speaks; The Voice of Iboga Expertise
Thus far Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism is the best book on the subject of Iboga to the credit of Nganga Mallendi's input. For some reason, Mallendi is the first Ngagna to inform on the subject. I only regret that Nganga Mallendi did not write the whole book.
I have read everything on the subject of Iboga since 1990. My interest in Iboga (folkloric Benzogho similarly) has to do with coming to terms with loss of a loved one. I have used Iboga w/Nganga, to mediate the forces of life & death & to soothe (not remove) the grieving process with very positive, enduring results.
New age collections strong in visionary plants and African shaman rituals will be intrigued
New age collections strong in visionary plants and African shaman rituals will be intrigued by the very specific discussions of iboga, which has been suppressed by the FDA since the 1960s and which provides the power to break addictions. The followers of the Bwiti religion know well its many attributes, which are surveyed here in an overview of the traditions, techniques and spirituality of African shamans and iboga's use in their world.
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