The construction of wanga is one of the most often sought ceremony
to be done by a Houngan or Mambo. A wanga is a "spell". There are many different wanga and many different ways
to do them. Some wanga are the personal secrets of a Houngan or Mambo, some are known as traditional. Traditional
wanga are wanga that are known by most Houngans and Mambos. Each Houngan and Mambo also has his/her own secrets and
wanga are just some of them. When a Houngan/Mambo does a wanga, they are usually said to have "mare wanga", or tied
a wanga. This does not mean that all wangas are tied.
Uninitiated Vodouisants do magick too. Houngans/Mambos djakout,
Bokors, bokors, Kwakwa men, medsyen fey are just a few of non-initiated Vodouisants that are known for successful magick.
Houngans and Mambo are thus expected to know all these things and more. We have a close relationship to the Lwa that
allows us a great amount of leverage, which helps us solve our clients problems. The Kanzo ceremony enhances, strengthens,
and clarifies one's ability to tie wanga.
Houngans and Mambos have an arsenal full of magick when approaching
someone's problem. Sometimes the magick requires the client to do some work his or herself, sometimes the Houngan/Mambo
will do it, and many more times it will be a Lwa in the head of the Houngan/Mambo who will tie the magick. There are
a number of different "charms" that may be used to resolve some problem.
Houngans/Mambos have to have this huge amount of knowledge to do magick.
Why? The numbers of different problems brought to the foot of a Houngan/Mambo are endless. Some people wish to
be rid of enemies, nicely and not-so-nicely. Some need to bring new love, others return an old lover, find a job, bring
up luck, remove bad luck/magick, seperate two people, business success, etc etc. The list goes on and on endlessly as
there are an endless number of human conditions.
Wanga also have their classifications. There are those that are
made to "aret" or stop, and those that "lage" or release. A Houngan or Mambo may construct a pwen cho or another type
of pwen. The client may be administered a bath, given a powder to spread, or a perfume to wear. In Vodou, we believe
every problem has it's solution. Houngans and Mambos are very good at discovering the appropriate solution and preparing
Wanga also strengthens the psyche of the client. Wanga create
change in the life of the client and empowers that person to create changes too. Wanga can put the client in the right
path and bring that person's desires into fruition. Houngans and Mambos are not God, however, and the client should
work toward his/her goal also.
On average, wanga should start working within a month of it's construction.
But even such, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to magick. The skill and magickal capacity of the individual
doing the magick has alot to do with it. This is one of the reasons that clients get their work done by Houngans/Mambos.
Even as such, magick cannot be tied down to a specific time. Sometimes results happen sooner, sometimes much later.
I have even had times where the problem became resolved within hours of the magick or even before the magick was physically
done. The magick should still be tied to make the current desired situation permanant.
The prices of wanga vary as much as wanga themselves do. Depending
on the wanga, it's complexity, and the skill of the Houngan or Mambo the price can vary greatly. Naturally a simple
wanga will not be as expensive as another more complex wanga, but even then it depends. If the Houngan/Mambo is great
at making that wanga "walk" or "work" as it is often said, he or she may charge alot for it.
This brings me to another point. Wanga and other magickal procedures
are often known simply as "travay" or work. The wanga itself either works or it doesn't. Sometimes one may hear
"travay maji" or magickal work instead of simply work. A wanga also either "walks" or it doesn't. Saying it walks
is simply another way to say that it worked. Thus the song:
"Travay O!, travay O . . ."
"Work o!, work o . . ."
Unfortunately, there are many people out there selling scams to people.
They may do this in selling "magick kits". In Vodou, there is no such thing as a "magick kit". Wanga are worked
for the person as an individual. Oftentimes. these magick kits run a person into more trouble than they are worth and
at best they are simply a waste of money. Most of the time, these kits have no special preparation and are made in bulk.
Petro Lwa are very intwined with magick. They are more focused
on magick than spirituality, and are often the pwen invoked when doing work. They are said to bring in results faster
than the Rada Lwa, although this is not always the case. I've seen Rada Lwa work magick very fast, within hours of the
work. But overall, Petro Lwa are seen as hotter, faster and more aggressive. Thus an opening song during Petro
"Komance, Komance maji a . . ."
"Start, Start the magick . . ."
In Vodou, magick is tailored to each person. Each problem
carries it's own individuality. Even though two problems may appear the same, the often do not have the same "root".
A Houngan/Mambo searches for that root and it's solution, as well as resolving the surface problem. The Houngan/Mambos
magickal capacity is also of great benefit to the client, in helping him/her carry out the solution.
It is not unusual to do magick against one's enemies. In Vodou,
we attack those who attack us. We also try to prevent getting in situations in which we are attacked and actually harmed.
One way we do this is by having a gad. A gad protects the person from bad magick. There are also a number of other
protections that can be prepared by a Houngan or Mambo.
Houngans and Mambos know how to disperse enemies nicely and not so
nicely. Sometimes, the situation will simply be nullified. Other times, the enemies will be made to move away.
The Houngan/Mambo can also do magick to harm the person, should the Houngan/Mambo "work with both hands". The magick
may make the enemy sick, have an accident, or even die.
A Houngan or Mambo cannot guarantee results. Anyone who does
this is a scammer. We are not God. A Houngan or Mambo will do his/her best to rectify the situation. Houngans/Mambos
do work hard to have their clients achieve their desires, but again no one is God, but God. Even as such, wanga often
times do resolve things that you may consider impossible.
In Vodou, unlike other traditions, we do magickal work on specific
people. To work magick on specific individuals, it is best if you can obtain something that belongs to the person for
the Houngan/Mambo. At very least, a full name needs to be had. Photos, hair, nail pairings, and dirty clothing
are all appropriate when doing a work on a specific individual. We do work love magick on specific people but we can
also attract love to an individual if he/she does not have an intended.
Unlike what some may tell you, magick in Vodou is done to bring physical
results. We don't tie wanga just for you to feel better. It is the intention of the magick to bring physical changes
to the person's life. If we do magick to attract a person, that is exactly what we intend to do, attract him/her to
you. The ability of the person tying the wanga will gage the magick's endurance, quickness, and effectiveness.
Wanga greatly vary in complexity also. Some are more complex
and elaborate than others, whereas some magick is very simple. Not to be deceived, however, because simple magick often
brings about great results just as their more complicated counterparts. In reality, it all depends on what one needs
in his/her particular situation. Preperation and even the way items are bought may have added nuances to make the magick
stronger and more powerful. In the end, it has the result of achieving people's personal goals.
One thing I often tell people when they thank me, is not to thank me.
I do the physical labor but it is God and Ginen that bring that person his or her wishes. Ginen goes to work for that
person and does what they have to. They then deliver to the person. I always refer the person to thank God
and Ginen, the true workers of the miracles.