05 Sep (Part 2) 5 Helpful Tips for Initiating into Ibogas Native Tradition
As promised here’s the third tip I know would be helpful for you if you decide to travel to Gabon and initiate into the Bwiti tradition. Enjoy!
3. Watch, Listen & Follow.
This is one of my favourites! “Watch, Listen & Follow” is what we (women) were asked to do to the village women and the men to the men. Language being a major barrier to any depth of conversation my group and I relied mostly on witnessing the women in their day to day. How they interact with the other women. How they interact with the men. The intense effort and time they devoted to their particular tasks which helped the village run at optimum efficiency: cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children, gathering wood, preparing for ceremonies, staying up all night singing and dancing in ceremony and so on. These women are the real deal: strong, spiritual, courageous, happy and full of love!
You take on a sudo-apprenticeship when you’re in the african jungle and it is an honour to be welcomed by this group of people. These women (and men) have deep spiritual roots which criss-cross over into everyday living. The best way to learn from a master is to watch, listen and follow.
Look out for tip 4 tomorrow!