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Shot of the Day: A Psychedelic Bwiti Cult Initiation Ceremony

Iboga use in a religion native to Gabon.

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Bwiti is a religion practiced by the Babongo and Mitsogo people in Gabon, a small coastal country in Central Africa. The word Bwiti translates as “dead” or “ancestor.” Here, practitioners use the psychedelic plant Iboga as part of an initiation ceremony.