Our Sosyete

Our Sosyete

On this page we would like to allow the members of our house to introduce themselves to you.

 

Houngan Liam

Ayibobo

My name is Liam Richard-Howes, I am known within Vodou as Papresse Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bon Hougan, Assogwe of Vodou by the hands of Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo and La Reine Edeyo Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo (Mambo La Belle Deesse and Mambo La Belle Deesse Jnr).  I am a member of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale, and the co-founder of Hounfor Racine Deesse Dereyal.  I am proud to be a child of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale and to continue my association with my parent Sosyete.

In 2006 I began my journey in Vodou, under the guidance of Mama Manbo Erzulie Dantor. Mama Dantor showed Her great power by bringing some strong, powerful and dedicated Manbo and Houngan into my life, Honour to Her and Honour to them.

After practicing Vodou since 2006, I began working as Houngan Bossale in 2008.  Serving the Lwa was one of the greatest joys for me, and I was able to fully experience their power in every aspect of my life.  My work for myself decreased as the Spirits brought more and more blessings to my life.  At the same time the Spiritual work I was doing for other people increased.  The work I was doing became stronger with the L’wa, the results faster and blessings flowed from the Spirits.

In February 2010 I entered the djevo of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale, with the constant support of my Mama’s, Papa Yvon and Mama Micheline, I was once again, reborn a strong and competent Houngan Assogwe.  I give honour and respect to all the members of our Sosyete, and to the strong Spirits that made our Kanzo possible, even during a time of such devastation in Haiti.

I have always had a strong interest in magic, religion and spirituality.  At university I took theology and religion papers which I found fascinating.  I have had the opportunity to receive instructions, training, ordination and initiation into several traditions, including Lukumi/Santeria Oricha Tradition of Cuba, and Gardnerian Wicca.  These for me have always combined well with my interests in complimentary and holistic therapies, and I have studied and gained qualifications in Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage, and am a Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki (TM), Seichim, Isis Seichim and other energetic healing practices.

I am also a Root Doctor or Conjure man of Hoodoo, apt at laying tricks and setting lights for all circumstances, from gaining employment, returning a lover, finding a new lover, financial matters, tying mojo and nation sacks, and many other hoodoo’s. I enjoy this type of magic very much and have found it very successful in helping many people. Honour and Respect to the great Hoodoo Mistresses and Root Doctors who have continued to teach me the Hoodoo.

The religions of the African Diaspora have grown a great deal in New Zealand. I am blessed to have some wonderful godchildren in these traditions. The religions of Afrika continue to grow through the work of wonderful Santero/as, Mambo and Houngans, and I am just one of them, a tool for the Spirits to manifest their service in the Sourthern Hemisphere.

I give honour and respect to all those who have been a part of my journey and who have taught me all that I have been blessed to learn.

Lape Bondye avek nou

Papresse Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bon Hougan (Hougan Liam)

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Houngan Alistair

Ayibobo

My name is Alistair Richard-Howes, I am known within Vodou as Pese Verance Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bon Hougan, Assogwe of Vodou by the hands of Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo and La Reine Edeyo Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo [Mambo La Belle Deesse and Mambo La Belle Deesse Jnr]. I am a member of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale, and the co-founder of Hounfor du Racine Deesse Dereyal. I am proud to be a child of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale and to continue my association with the Sosyete.

My experience with Vodou began in 2008 when I started to serve the Lwa in a process to help provide closure on the past and to open up a new future. Through this service my eyes were opened to the power of the Lwa as various opportunities opened and chains from the past were released. The Lwa provided the opportunity to Kanzo in Haiti February 2010 [after the 12 January 2010 earthquake postponed our original Kanzo dates]. Despite the surrounding devastation, the home and djevo of La Sosyete La Belle Deesse Dereale were intact. It was in that djevo, with the constant support of my Mama’s, Papa Yvon and Mama Micheline, that I was reborn a strong and competent Hougan.  In January 2011 I entered the djevo a second time, this time to take the asson and emerge an Assogwe Priest of Haitian Vodou.  I give honour and respect to all the members of our Sosyete, and to the strong Spirits that made our Kanzo’s possible, even during times of such devastation in Haiti.

Haiti, the people and the ceremonies rekindled my passion for photography and I aim to use the photographs to help increase awareness of Vodou and dispel the myths surrounding it. Especially given the religious bias of aid agencies denying Vodouisant aid and protestants disrupting Vodou ceremonies.

Prior to Vodou, I had received training in Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage as I have need to help people [also the motivation behind my career as an Audiologist]. I had also taken part in Tibetan Buddhist retreats and mediation, although my spiritual side had slept for many years before meeting my husband Houngan Liam at the end of 2007.

I look forward to my future with the Lwa, increasing the awareness of Vodou in New Zealand and providing service to all who are drawn to the Spirits.

I give honour and respect to all those who have been a part of my journey and who have taught me all that I have been blessed to learn.

Pese Verance Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bon Hougan (Houngan Alistair)

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Labelle Deesse Snr – Soulage Minfo Bon Manbo – Mother of the Hounfo

Labelle Deesse Snr, Spiritual and Initiatory Mother of Houngan Liam and Houngan Alistair, has been serving and working with Spirits for over 47 years.  She is a 3rd generation Manbo who has served the Spirits all of her life, serving the Spirits of her mothers and fathers lineages.  Mambo Labelle began working for people spiritually when she was 7 years old when the Spirit first came to dance in her head.

Mambo Labelle was initiated on July 18th, 1984 at the age of 33 by Mrs. Victor [Adieu Minfo Bon Mambo] who was the spiritual daughter of Agasse Gacon Bon Houngan, who was located in Lacour pon sonde numbero 1, Wanne 93 in Carrerfour.  She was one of the most famous Mambo in Carrefour at the time and was greatly respected.  She passed from this work in 1985.  Mambo Labelle continues to pay honour and respect to her spiritual mother by following the traditions of her mothers sosyete, just as we pay honour, respect and love to her by following her teachings and guidance.

 

Labelle Deesse Jnr – La Reine Edeyo Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo – Mother of the Hounfo

Born in December 1975, Mama LaBelle Jr., also known as Lareine Edeyo Soulage Minfo Bon Mambo, is the first child of LaBelle Deesse Sr. and the 4th generation of mambo assogwe.

Born and raised in Vodou, she has been serving the spirits all her life, and spent her first 25 years traveling the world teaching and guiding all those in need of spiritual help. At the age of 12, the spirits first started communicating with her in her dreams, and to her mother this was an important sign of what was yet to come. At 15 she started to work part time with her mother assisting her with her job as a spiritual worker and healer.

Her first possession occured at the age of 16, when Erzulie Dantor came down and mounted her, clarifying her destiny as an important spiritual leader in Haitian Vodou. With her mother at her side, she had her first initiation to soupoint at the age of 19. She would continue working with her family and the spirits, and wouldn’t become assogwe until several years later.

Mama LaBelle Jr. is a chosen one, and with that comes a great responsibilities as a mambo and spiritual leader. Her and her mother founded LaBelle Deesee Dereale Vodou Temple, with the goal of protecting their heritage as well as building a better picture for Vodou, so that people will understand that our traditions and our religion are not to be feared. Along with her mother, Mama LaBelle Jr., lives in Petionville Haiti as well as in Montreal Canada, and is the Ati Regional for KNVA in Montreal Canada.

Dorian Wilson – Mache Cherche Ounsi Senp – Konfyance Kay

Ayibobo!

My name is Dorian, and I am the Konfyance of Hounfo Racine Deesse Dereyale.

I have been interested in religion and spirituality my entire life, growing up with an interest in Maori and Greek mythologies.  This interest branched out as I grew older, leading me to study various paths of witchcraft, Buddhism, Hinduism and ancient religious practices from Egypt and other cultures.  No path really ‘fit’, however, until I discovered Vodou after reading a copy of Karen Brown’s  Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn.

A series of million to once coincidences led me to Houngans Liam and Alistair and Honfou Racine Deesse Dereyale.  I went through my lave tet ceremony in October 2010, and became a member of the house.  The lwa later indicated they wanted me to be the konfyance of the society, a position I was glad to accept.  I now take care of the honfour’s badji and see that our spirits have the things they need.

I am also a competent hoodoo rootworker, having studied the tradition and practiced for several years.  I am gradually learning to integrate this knowledge with the magical traditions of Haitian Vodou, and to improve my skills as a reader.

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