This a canard, and not true. It is a strange fairytale that was given to the West and when it was told to our Babongo family, they roared with laughter. IBOGA has always existed with the Babongos, they did not "unintentionally" find it, this is belittling to the culture and the true story has so much more meaning and divine implications for those who see it. IBOGA is a tool of creation and it is told that it bought the Babongos into existance. IBOGA was first eaten by the Mandril tribe who used it to sculpt their psyches, consciously evolving themselves into the Babongo Pygmies. IBOGA was used as the perfect evolution tool to go from primate (Mandrill), who was an integral part of nature, to a man who was now at one with nature, all animals, the forest and GOD, TETA NZIAMBE KANA.
So we see the story of evolution existed first with the Babongo Pygmies, but it was stolen and fragmented by western researchers who also twisted this knowledge to say that we are all at odds nature and that only the fittest will survive.
The traditional narration tells of the evolution of consciousness in its physical form. We are meant to continue this process but modern society is in such a disconnected state from both creation, nature and GOD, that our next steps in evolution may never happen. IBOGA is a chance for us to reconnect to our origins of consciousness so that we may see that we all are all one tribe.
NOTE: I think the porcupine story potentially shows how disconnected modern forms of "BWITI" are from the original forms of BWETE such as DISSOUMBA and MIOBE. SA Majesty told us that originally the Babongos were vegetarian so they would not have eaten a porcupine, which is not the case now as they themselves also become discnnected from their origins and are losing parts of their forest to chinese logging.
Photo of "Dibando" (the Mandrill) and "Le Blanc" who live in the village of Mboka A Nzambe.
Photo used courtesy of @iammwanetangu
The Babongo's did not take IBOGA so that they became better hunters. In fact, Babongo Pygmies were initially vegetarian and so did not hunt for animals per say, rather they used Iboga to speak with the spirits of the forest and ancestry. They knew the frequencies of the forest as did the forest know their respective vibration through the connection to God via Iboga. The Babongo's took IBOGA to retain their connection to TETA NZIAMBE KANA (GOD) while evolving into a physical species at one with their creation..
This phrase has been recited, quoted, plagiarized, repeated - without much thought about what it actually means, or if it is in fact true. If you are studying life then you have placed yourself in the position of the observer. You are in fact fragmented from life. If you ask anyone from Mboka A Nzambe they will say BWETE IS life. BWETE IS living. It is not a fragmentary study of it. To be BWETE, you must live it and embrace spirituality in all facets of your life.
LIFE IS LIVING IN PROCESS.
You cannot learn anything from studying. You will only learn to repeat the information, as it is with the use of this phrase. True knowledge comes only from direct experience. From a true active application and participation This is what Iboga teaches. This is why life is.
IBOGA is NOT the Grandfather plant. You often hear "Ayahuasca is the Grandmother plant and IBOGA is the Grandfather plant".
IBOGA is the perfect union of both the masculine (BWETE) and the feminine (OMBUDI), the Sun - Yah KOMBE, and the moon,- Yah NGONDE. IBOGA is both male and female, grandfather and grandmother. Everything in BWETE & OMBUDI is unity. because IBOGA provides a connection to TETA NZIAMBE KANA, to Consciousness, to God, to All That Is, The one Divine Light, which is Everything is United.