A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

visual arts
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

BWITI-GABON HEALING CEREMONY (article first published : 2003-12-28)

The Cupboard Gallery at Home is hosting photographs by Troy Inman taken at a traditional all-night healing ceremony in the forests of Gabon, Central Africa. The exhibition will run until January 12.

Throughout the ceremony participants chew a root from the forest called Iboga, a known hallucinogen currently being tested in the western world as a “cure” for drug addiction. Local people chew the woody roots, or to alleviate its bitter taste grate it into a paste mixed with honey.

Participants take it to “voyage” (i.e. trip) to another world. Many speak about “visiting” their ancestors and getting advice from them as to how to solve current day problems. During this ceremony other plant remedies from the forest are prepared by the healer and taken by the patients while others make music and dance energetically with flaming torches. Some wear elaborate costumes and cover themselves in a body paint extracted from trees.

A man who had somehow become unable to walk has been following treatment for several weeks. He had previously been carried on the back of another man. At this ceremony he is on his feet and dancing.

The pictures were lit using only flame on assignment for Smithsonian Institute based in Washington DC.

A Durban based photographer, Troy Inman recently spent 12 months in the dense rain forests of Gabon, Central Africa. He assisted conservation organizations to raise the profile of the very first eco-tourism projects in Gabon. The government hopes these projects will eventually provide a sustainable alternative to extensive logging of the forests.

More information from Lisa Turner of The Cupboard Gallery on 031 303 3694 or 084 515 9899. Home is situated on the corner of Innes and Windermere Roads.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart