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  1. How do I access your Main Page Site?
  2. Can a person reject the heritage of "divinity" like in Haiti of being a "Mambo" without being harmed? In other words will there be a time when that child/person will be acting in a weird way without knowing the reason. Hope you understand my question.
  3. Are Kpo the leopard spirit and/or Agassou (son of the leopard) part of the Mami Wata pantheon? There is a picture online of a Mami Wata devotee receiving a beaded necklace inside of an \"Agassou family temple\" in Benin.
  4. Is there such a person as the "pope or chef" of the Vodoun religion in West Africa?


  5. It is true that anyone can invoke Mami Wata to live with Her?



  1. How do I access your Main Page Site?
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  2. Can a person reject the heritage of "divinity" like in Haiti of being a "Mambo" without being harmed? In other words will there be a time when that child/person will be acting in a weird way without knowing the reason. Hope you understand my question.
    Yes, your question is well understood. If one is called by their ancestors and the family deities to take up the mantel of the Mambo tradition, it is difficult to avoid this, and in reality should not be avoided or ignored. Typically the calling comes at birth and is the life path of that individual. It is both dangerous and irresponsible not to want to fulfill ones life destiny. Nothing in ones life will ever go right until they answer their calling.
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  3. Are Kpo the leopard spirit and/or Agassou (son of the leopard) part of the Mami Wata pantheon? There is a picture online of a Mami Wata devotee receiving a beaded necklace inside of an \"Agassou family temple\" in Benin.
    No. You can read more about this history here: http://mamiwata.com/dahom/dahomey.html
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  4. Is there such a person as the "pope or chef" of the Vodoun religion in West Africa?

    No.
    The Vodoun spiritual system is an ancient sacerdotal system composed of many pantheons and ethnicities who span the entire West African region. Amongst, the Fon in Benin, they claim a “pope or chief supreme of the Vodoun”. However, this political title is recognized amongst the Fon people, and is not recognized nor does its authority extend to the Ewe or other more ancient Vodoun groups.

    It is important to keep in mind that the Ewe are the major ethnic group and the Fon are a subgroup or cousin of the Ewe. Additionally, the Vodoun has been practiced amongst the Ewe hundreds (if not thousands) of years before there ever was a Dahomey or Benin.

    It is also important to note that the Fon descendants who would later establish the Dahomean empire, first originated in Adja-Tado around the 13th century. Adja is the ancient name of the Ewe/Mina groups, and Tado, located in south-eastern Togo along the Mono River, is where the Fon first originated , before fleeing to establish Dahomey and later Benin.

    It is also important to note that the Adangme, were the original indigenous inhabitants of what later became “Dahomey,” had already established a long running royal Vodoun dynasty long before the Fon arrived and intermarried and later overthrew it. Additionally, the Awoamefia, political chieftainship of the Ewe, is still located in south-eastern Togo, of which the Ewe recognize.

    In summary, the idea of a “Chef Supreme of the Vodoun, ” is popular myth that has more political and economic incentives, rather than a historical basis. This myth is widely established in the West, and is also blindly accepted by those who have not done the research. The Ewe as other Vodoun clans do not travel to Benin to worship or honor any chef supreme. In fact, many often do not even know the name of its latest “chef.”

    You can read more here, for more information on the history of Vodoun in Benin and its popular myths.

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  5. It is true that anyone can invoke Mami Wata to live with Her?
    No. The Mami Watas are deities that many are born to, or receive to aid them in their lives. Initiation is necessary in the above circumstances.
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