Live January 31, 2011, 8 pm EST on the Para-X Network
Andrieh Vitimus and Jason M. Colwell welcome Mambo Vye Zo to tonight’s show to discuss her experience with Orthodox Haitian Vodou!
Komande la Menfo DaGinen is a Mambo Asogwe of Haitian Orthodox Vodou. Mambo Vye Zo’s journey to a djevo(the sacred initiatory chamber) in Jacmel, Haiti began 20 years ago when The Opener made Himself known to her, and became a guiding force in her life. All through her occult practice, Papa has shown the way, to stronger ritual, clearer vision and deeper faith.
In 1999, Mambo made a promise to serve Legba fully in Vodou, if he would open the way for her to do so. She found the opportunity to go to Haiti in January of 2003, and fulfilled her promise to serve in the capacity as Mambo. During her time in the djevo, the Lwa told her initiators that she was to be elevated to full rank, to be consecrated as Mambo Asogwe. She took the asson under a full moon during her suleliye ceremony.
She was crowned Mambo Vye Zo Komande la Menfo DaGinen (Old Bones Commands With a Strong Hand, of Ginen) in January of 2003
It was Mambo Vye Zo’s initiatory oath to the Lwa that she would strive to help gain recognition and validation for the Vodou faith. Her work as Mambo is dedicated to showing the world how beautiful the Vodou faith is, how generous the Lwa can be and how Vodou is the footprint for many of the faiths in the world today. She accomplishes this through ritual, art and teaching.
When asked why she does this work, her answer is simple “Because when I call to the Lwa, they answer.”
She can be reached via her web site for Sosyete du Marche, Inc.: A Modern Day Lakou