Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
In Fongbe, a Vodunsi is a male or female servant of Vodun, an adept or initiated follower of the Vodun religion. Pronounced another way in Fongbe, Vodunsi is translated as a person who belongs to and is under full protection and guardianship of the Vodun. Generally, one is chosen by a Vodun as early as at birth or at any stage of human development—childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. The Vodun elect finds out that he or she is chosen by the Vodun through close observation of events marking his or her life and, subsequently, by consulting the Fâ, the system of divination through the Bokonon, veritable interpreter of the Fâ. To become a Vodunsi proper, one must receive the initiation during an internship that lasts up to 3 years, in the Hun-xwé (esoteric or blood-pact Hun-kpamê ...