NOTE: The word “Slave” as it is used in the Vodoun Religions of West Africa, refers
to the ancestral spirit sects created by the families and ethnic Vodoun groups whose
family members were sold into slavery. Many of these enslaved were priests, as
well as lineage Vodoun adherents. The ancestral spirits of many enslaved in the
Diaspora went back to their Vodoun lineages in Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin
and elsewhere. Those slave orders of priests/priestesses are a very spiritually powerful
group, and now dominate the Vodoun religions in West Africa. To such an extent, that
in West Africa, it is considered a "badge of honor" to identify oneself as "Tchamba"
or "slave spirit child." Slave Spirit lineages are collectively known today as the
"Tchamba" or Mama Tchamba and many of the Vodoun lineages are matrilineal. “We feel
that it is very important to the Diaspora, especially those of the Vodou lineages,
to have their Tchamba Slave Ancestral Stool and shrine installed no matter their
religious affiliations.” In the Vodoun of West Africa, one will find this shrine
in the house of a Christian, Muslim, and other non-traditionalists. If one is a
descendant of slaves, or have had their family member sold into slavery,
one is not considered spiritually complete until this ceremony is first performed.
This is one of the shrines that Mama Zogbé has been called to resurrect thoseTchamba ancestors back here in America.
MAMA ZOGBE (RIGHT) IN TOGO, WEST AFRICA
Mama Zogbé, (rt) is a Chief Hounon-Amengansie African-American High-Priestess of
the Mami Wata, Mama Tchamba, and Yeveh Vodoun Ancestral traditions. She descends
from a slave priestly lineage of the Vodoun, having inherited her walk from her great
grandfather and mother.
Mama Zogbé has been traveling to Togo, West Africa for more than 20 years. Part
of her ancestal mission has brought priests from Togo to America to help reestablish
the ancient "Mother Vodoun", Mami Wata, and Mama Tchamba traditions back into the