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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771767
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“. . . entertaining and wise, and packed with information. For those interested in psychoactive plants and African shamanism, this book is a rare joy and a must-read.” (Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature)

“Through the multiple lenses of anthropology, psychology, botany, and medical politics, Iboga brings us closer to the mystery and potential benefits of this powerful African plant-hallucinogen. It is a welcome and valuable addition to the world literature on psychoactive plants.” (Rick Strassman, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of)

Iboga offers a riveting, multifaceted exploration of one of our planet’s lesser known but most important sacred plant traditions. It combines fascinating historical, cultural, and ethnographic background; powerful firsthand descriptions of an initiate’s psychospiritual experiences; and the best account to date of iboga’s seemingly enormous potential as a tool to address drug addiction--as well as the long battle for its further research despite grievous political impediments.” (J. P. Harpignies, editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness)

"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 Midwest Book Review, Jan 2008)

"Not only is this book exceptionally interesting and informative, as well as cleverly humorous at times, but it is written by three very different individuals: a screenwriter/producer/film director, a social science researcher, and a traditional African healer. . . . they have done a wonderful job of sharing what it means to genuinely open ourselves and enter a profoundly healing and consciousness-expanding relationship, both with a plant and with ourselves." (Dawn Brunke, Alaska Wellness, Vol. 13, No. 3, May/June 2008)

"Overall this book contains very valuable material and presents it in a way that makes it pleasant to read and entertaining to learn." (D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, May 2008)

"Even if you have no interest in shamanism, this book is well worth a read just to get a clearer idea of how the 'War on Drugs' is preventing helpful medicines from being made available to those who need them. You may not become a 'believer', but you will learn a great deal." (New Witch, Issue 17, Summer 2008)

"[Africans] use it to reach into their psyche and to connect with deceased ancestors. A mix of anthropology, botany, psychology, with a dash of medical politics, the entertaining facts combine history and science." (American Herb Association, 24:1, March 2009)

Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism is recommended for those interested in psychoactive plants and the ethnobotanical uses of African Plants, but also for those interested in African religions and traditional medicine.” (H. Rodolfo Juliani, Ph.D., American Botanical Council)

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VISIONARY PLANTS / ENTHEOGENS

“. . . entertaining and wise, and packed with information. For those interested in psychoactive plants and African shamanism, this book is a rare joy and a must-read.”
--Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature

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-ngenza, 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 to preserve this knowledge and show how ibogaine may have an important role to play in our modern world.

VINCENT RAVALEC is the screenwriter, producer, and director of numerous films as well as the author of many books in French. MALLENDI is a bwiti-ngenza initiator and traditional healer in Gabon. AGNÈS PAICHELER is a researcher in the social sciences who lives and works in France.

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This is an excellent book that introduces the African herb, Iboga.
J. Agnese
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.
Kanga
If you want to get to understand IBOGA this has lot of information get this book you well get loads information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Rosenblum on November 13, 2011
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I just wish this book would have given some info on microdosing iboga. I and many others have found that one can use very small quantities (20-50mg on your tongue each morning) to overcome depression, anxiety, and other problems. It isn't JUST a visionary tool. In fact, for most people it is far more useful/practical at a lower dose. We need to get this legalized in the US.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Agnese on September 30, 2008
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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.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kanga on May 5, 2008
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Polanco MD on February 6, 2013
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This is the most informative book I've read on iboga. I especially enjoyed reading Part Two -A conversation with Mallendi, Initiation Master and Traditional Healer-. The book also explores the experience of iboga as well as the science and politics of its use in the West. I have given copies to staff members at Crossroads Treatment Center where we use ibogaine to treat addiction so that they gain greater understanding of its traditional and ceremonial use.

Highly recommended reading.
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