Vodoun Divination System. Science. Life Sign (Kpoli) + Oral Texts = 256. DU: Oral Divinatory Literature. Destiny. Universal Life. We are all Connected - through Spirit. Nature. Earth Connections: Kola Nut, Leaves, Palm Oil. Animal Sacrifice. Blood and Spirit linked. Vodun. Vodou. VODOUN in BENIN. ABOBO. AYIBOBO!!!!
Ready for the consultation. Front & Center. There is no where to hide. Spirit present. Community witnesses. Questions and Answers Confirmed. CONFIRMATIONS! Revelations. The Oracle doesn’t lie.
I give thanks to the Bokonon (Diviner) for interpreting the information to assist on the journey. My Blueprint. Clarity and Insight is a beautiful thing. A deep Curtsy to His Majesty Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely, the leading authority of African Vodoun in the Kingdom of Dahomey/Benin Republic. A Grand Salute to Legbanon Dah Alotehoun who assisted in opening the door, the Counsel of Elders who participated. Queen Mother Manbo Dowoti Desir, Supreme Gratitude. I’m indebted. My Dance KIN - We in this! TOGETHER! My Global African Family, I thank you!!!
Back Story: Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely was scheduled for a first time visit to New Orleans, complete with a welcoming ceremony at Congo Square. Two days before the Kings arrival, I was flying out of NOLA. I tried everything in my power to shift, adjust and rework my schedule in order to attend the ceremony. It wasn’t in the cards. I was SO close to meeting the Supreme Chief of Vodou!
Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna at Congo Square | NOLA
Previous unsuccessful solo attempts + schedule conflicts prevented a highly sought-after visit with the Supreme Vodou Chief in Haiti. In 2014, I finally sat with Ati Max Beauvoir, surrounded with my Dance Tribe in his temple in Mariani. Insight + Words of wisdom humbly received from his brilliant daughter, Manbo Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique “Sometimes you gotta break the Calabash” and in exchange danced, dropped libations (Jete Dlo) and sang Priye Ginen with him - in the temple’s Spirit room. A dream fulfilled!
Spiritual progression + enhanced academic & professional development was met with urgency! Ati Max followed by Dada. Two movers and shakers, unapologetically teaching the philosophy of Vodou globally, while upholding the sacred rituals in both homelands, Haiti and Benin.
"You will get there when you are meant to. Not one minute sooner. You are meant to, so relax, breath, and be patient."
I watched Dada’s visit to NOLA via social media. Hundreds of people were in attendance: journalists, dancers, drummers, youth, teens, elders, spiritualists, city officials... happy to witness the enthusiasm for the King, but was overly stimulated with the amount of chaos and energy felt through the screen. I knew. I wasn’t meant to meet him in NOLA. I spoke out loud, with conviction:
“I will meet Dada when the time is right. On BENIN’S soil.” "In the company of his Spirits, on his land."
A year later, my words manifested. I recently walked on His Majesty Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely’s land. In BENIN. Saluted his ancestors. Sat on the mat. Fa Divination. Ritual in the temples shrine room. Offered sacrifices.
ReNAMED. ReCLAIMED. ReBORN. ReJOICED in dance.
Cause when the King asks you to dance, you betta get to steppin’! Da/Dan/DANBALA, the divinity and energy that flows through this vessel, greeted the drums and danced Yanvalou with a passion and conviction unlike any previous performance, ritual or ceremony.
Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna in Ouidah, Benin | August 2019
My lesson? TRUST the process. TRUST in the power of your words. TRUST when the time is right, it WILL happen. TRUST that Spirit will hold, cover and guide you. TRUST!!!
Dancing feet planted firmly on the compounds soil Gracefully gliding through space Secular to ceremonial Undulations, Ripples, Accentuated Spines Heads covered in White Priestesses Honoring spirit through DANCE- a crucial role in the African way of life.
An introduction, welcoming, and salutation to the Chief of the compound. It is true! We each have a twin in Africa. The priestess in the center (photos forthcoming) has a striking resemblance to Taraji P. Henson! You know those eyes! The pronounced cheekbones, and she had the nerve to have on lashes, okay? The swag and slayage is here in these temples too! Yass, Queen(s) come through!
If you’ve taken a Haitian dance class, you will feel this! THIS is the ROOT. The Source.
Continuously inspired by my Beninese people. This country, the rituals, the reverence for the divinities, the knowledge and information that I’m learning by watching. Receiving by participation. Actively seeking, engaging, connecting. Vodou is open, it’s free. It’s accepted. It is...