- Books Online
The Healing Journey – by Claudio N Naranjo – Chapter 5, Fantasy & Reality. Claudio C. Naranjo’s writings are the earliest writings to study the psychodynamics of ibogaine. He “was the first to compare the ibogaine experience with dreaming, the first to publish on its unique ability to allow patients to evaluate their early life experiences and to identify the nausea associated with the drug as movement related.” Lotsof.
Bwiti: An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa – by James W. Fernandez, Chapter 18. This book “is a magnificent scholarly study of the Bwiti religion of the Fang people of Gabon. The work is the result of a twenty-six month sojourn by Fernandez and his wife.” Lotsof.
Proceedings of the First International Ibogaine Conference: by Kenneth, R. Alper (Editor) & Stanley D. Glick (Editor). Mostly scientific papers. However contains a chapter called: A Contemporary History of Ibogaine in the United States and Europe by KENNETH R. ALPER, DANA BEAL AND CHARLES D. KAPLAN and another called: ‘Returning to the Path’: The use of Iboga[ine] in Equatorial African Ritual Context and the Binding of Time, Space, and Social Relationships JAMES W. FERNANDEZ AND RENATE L. FERNANDEZ.
- Iboga Books
Describes the author’s early life and his subsequent attempts to heal it. On his journey he encounters various beliefs and various therapies. In the end he resorts to eboga/ibogaine and undergoes a mind-shattering initiation guided by Bwiti angels. A third of the book is devoted to his understanding of eboga healing and spirituality in what he calls “The Eboga Process” based on 6 years personal experience.
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Author: Lee Albert
Paperback: 416 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 9
Publisher: AuthorHouse, August 2004
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Heart Medicine: A True Love Story
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Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for spiritual healing and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
Read review here: Book Review by Ralf Metzner.
Bwiti: An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa.
This book “is a magnificent scholarly study of the Bwiti religion of the Fang people of Gabon. The work is the result of a twenty-six month sojourn by Fernandez and his wife.” Lotsof.
Difficult to obtain.
Read here: Short overview by Howard Lotsof.
Read here: Chapter 18 Equatorial Excursions: The Quest for Revitalizing Dreams & Visions.
Editor: James W. Fernandez
Paperback: 731 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.50 x 1.75 x 6.50
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; (January 1, 1982)
Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
From Publishers Weekly: “Pinchbeck travels the earth in search of spiritual awakening through tripping, from Gabon to the Nevada desert. At happenings like the Burning Man festival or a plant conference in the Ecuadorean jungle, Pinchbeck meets “modern shamans” and tells their stories as they intersect with his… Charting his gradual transformation from a cynical New York litterateur to psychedelic acolyte, Pinchbeck uses elements of travelogue, memoir, “entheobotany” (“the study of god-containing plants”) and historical research to ask why these “doorways of the mind” have been unceremoniously sealed.” Describes his experience with the Bwiti and eboga.
Read here about the book & Daniel Pinchbeck: Daniel Pinchbeck.
Author: Daniel Pinchbeck
Paperback: 336 pages (0.73 x 8.00 x 5.22 inches)
Publisher: Broadway Books; (August 1, 2003)
Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism (Paperback)
Originally published (2004) in French as: Bois Sacre: Initiation a l’iboga.
Authors Description: “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 honouring 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 in the West, 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.”
Authors: Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi & Agn’s Paicheler
Paperback: 240 pages (0.73 x 8.00 x 5.22 inches)
Publisher: Park Street Press; (15 Dec 2007)
Flesh of the Gods. The ritual use of hallucinogens.
Contains: Tabernanthe Iboga: Narcotic Ecstasis and the Work of the Ancestors by James W. Fernandez.
“In the traditional cultures described in this collection of ten essays, the hallucinogenic “trip” is a means to an end–a quest for confirmation of traditional values, for unity with the tribal ancestors. In contemporary Western society, by contrast, it tends to be an end in itself and a rejection of the society’s values–perhaps, it has been suggested, because Western drug-users tend to be a-cultural.”
Editor: Peter T. Furst
Paperback: 304 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.25 x 1.00 x 6.25
Publisher: Waveland Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1990)
IBOGAINE: Proceedings from the First International Conference by Kenneth, R. Alper (Editor), Stanley D. Glick (Editor)
Mostly scientific papers. However contains a chapter called: A Contemporary History of Ibogaine in the United States and Europe by KENNETH R. ALPER, DANA BEAL AND CHARLES D. KAPLAN and another called: ‘Returning to the Path’: The use of Iboga[ine] in Equatorial African Ritual Context and the Binding of Time, Space, and Social Relationships JAMES W. FERNANDEZ AND RENATE L. FERNANDEZ
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Academic Press; (September 14, 2001)
The book Index and chapters are now available as PDF files linked to the Table of Contents.
Paroles d’un enfant du Bwiti
French account of life with the Bwiti.
Paperback: 165 pages
Available for purchase here:
L’Originel online bookshop.
Rite of Passage
“This revealing documentary shows Ibogaine’s traditional use in West-Africa as well as it’s use in addiction therapy in Modern society, including interviews with some of worlds experts on Ibogaine. It is the perfect educational tool to witness from up close the personal experiences people have while going through treatment.”
Read details & watch online here:Rite of Passage Film.
Price: 19.99 euros
Publisher: Lunart Productions
Pub Date: 2005
The Ibogaine Story: Report on the Staten Island Project by Paul DeRienzo, Dana Beal, and Members of the Project.
“An idiosyncratic account of ibogaine development, set within the context of the developing underground scene of latter-day New York, contains many fascinating insights into the drug’s history.”
About the Authors(s): “WBAI reporter Paul De Rienzo, who broke “Mena” (Contra-coke-for-guns in Mena, Ark) is a social historian of New York’s radical Lower East Side as well as the Drug War. Dana Beal, formerly of ACT-UP and the Yippies!, is a science writer, an AIDS activist, and one of the founders of the American Harm Reduction Movement.”
Paperback: 352 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 11.25 x 8.75
Publisher: Autonomedia; (December 1, 1997)
The Secret Chief
“Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement Story of a pioneering therapist (now deceased) who used psychedelics (including ibogaine) in his practice. Interesting narrative/interview; early excitement in the 50’s, group and ceremonial uses, therapy techniques, various compounds compared. Stan Grof, Albert Hofmann, Ann Shulgin, and Sasha Shulgin also contribute.” – Mind Books
Read here review & commentary by Ralph Metzner: Review.
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Pub Date: 1997
The Secret Chief Revealed
“The Secret Chief Revealed reveals for the first time, the identity of pioneering psychedelic therapist Leo Zeff, which was kept secret in the original The Secret Chief. The book contains the same text as the original with 32 pages of added material including epilogues written by Leo’s children and patients, and a new introduction by Myron Stolaroff. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will go toward psychedelic psychotherapy research.” – Amazon
Read here review & commentary by Ralph Metzner: Review.
Read book online: The Secret Chief.
Pub Date: 2004
Iboga: La Sociedad Secreta del Bueti [Iboga: the Secret Society of the Bueti] by José Manuel Novoa.
“No index; no bibliography; one map; ten page glossary; two b/w photographs; numerous vignettes. More journalistic than scientific, this nicely-made book nevertheless affords a rather detailed glimpse into the secret Bueti Iboga cult of the bandjis [initiates] of Equatorial Guinea, much less studied than the better-known Bwiti cult of its neighbor to the south, Gabon. The book was made parallel to a video documentary by the author of the rites of this “unknown African secret society”.”
Publisher: 1998. Transglobe Films [Calle Bailén, 41; Las Rozas; 28230 Madrid, Spain].
Pub Date: 1998
ISBN 8460571874 (Hardcover)