The Bwiti refers to the people who use Iboga to understand Life. Up until recently, the Bwiti have been the people of western equatorial Africa where Iboga grows naturally (Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo). But you don’t have to be from that part of the world to be Bwiti. Iboga is for all people regardless of where they were born, their nationality, the color of their skin or hair, or any other way of grouping people. To become a Bwiti, it is only necessary to experience Iboga in a ceremony called the full initiation.
The Bwiti of Gabon do not have a written history. So it is unknown how long their tradition has existed, but it is believed to be many many generations. The Bwiti shaman that we were trained by, knows of at least 10 generations of Bwiti shamans in his lineage, but the Bwiti tradition is believed to be much older. The knowledge that has been gained through the use of Iboga is passed down through speaking only, through oral tradition.
When you come to the Iboga Wellness Center, part of what we do is share this oral tradition with you. What is so interesting about this process is that each person can confirm for themselves everything that is said. You don’t have to take our word for it because when you take Iboga, you can confirm everything.