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Transcript of The Babongo
Bwiti is a religion based on the belief of and around spirits that created the forest at the begining of time. Unlike many other tribal religions, Bwiti is actually one of the of gabon's official religions. Rites of passage: Iboga The Babongo people harvest the drug Iboga which comes from the root of the Iboga tree. Iboga is an extremely powerful "psycho-active" drug. The substance causes extreme anxiety and hallucinations. In Babongo culture the Iboga is most commonly used in a spiritual development ceremony, or to become a man. The three day ceremony consists of a person eating sliced Iboga root over a period of 24 hours. After this they are taken to the river and bathed. Next a seedling of the sacred tree is taken and planted in the village to represent the person's growth. Throughout the day the person is fed more Iboga while the whole village preforms vivid dances to encourage hallucinations. www.ibogalife.com www.wolframalpha.com www.bbc.co.uk/tribe www.bbc.co.uk/tribe "BBC - Tribe - Babongo." BBC - Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/tribe/tribes/babongo/index.shtml>. •
"Tribe Babongo - Gabon." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.mazalien.com/tribe-babongo-gabon.html>. Current issues: Loss of land? "In 2002, 26,000 square kilometres of Gabon's rainforest were turned into national parks by the President in an attempt to encourage 'eco-tourism' as an alternative to logging"(BBC). This could possibly offer some employment for the Babongo people as forest guides, but if the tribe were to lose their land they would lose their identity.