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houngan

(ˈhuːŋɡən; ˈuːŋɡən) or

hungan

n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) a voodoo priest
[C20: from Haitian Creole, from Fon hun deity + ga chief]

houngan

Also known as a voodoo priest, papa or papa-loa, in the vodoun religion this is a man who summons vodoun gods in order to divine the future or heal. A houngan involved in black magic is known as a “bakor” or “boko.”
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When the Houngan begins speaking to a soul in the tent, "[t]he details were ordinary as the names of streets" (34).
He understands Charlie Parker in the cosmic sense--as stated by Ishmael Reed in his novel Mumbo Jumbo (1972)--"the houngan .
Sometimes, the houngan can ritually separate the ti bon ange from the flesh and sent it to live in the so-called "dark waters" for a year and a day; then the family can ritually raise the soul--now called esprit (i.
In order to open a portal into the past, Genna borrows from the library a book of hoodoo spells before seeking the help of her Haitian friend, whose uncle is a houngan, a Vodou priest.
Many had a houngan, or "voodoo physician," of one chickenscratch school or another.
Thereafter, the houngan, or voodoo priests, were often referred to as 'makandals'; to possess certain powers or simply to practice voodoo was to be a 'makandal' .
So I went to see an houngan with him because the child's soul was not on his body, and the priest put his soul back on him.
The author instead cites the speech delivered by the Vodun houngan Boukman in August 1791--or, to be more specific, James's translation of it (37n42).
Innocente reports that becoming a houngan has earned her a lot
The band have been together for around six years now and the boys have had strong reviews for their two albums - The World is Tough and Houngan.
It s voodoo that gives us freedom," one houngan, Jean Claude Bazile, told Reuters, recalling that it had survived as a living religion since playing an important part in Haiti s independence in 1804.