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!
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.