In the West African Vodoun (and current African-American) traditions, an Amengan-sie (Ah-mah-gah-see) is defined as a high-priestess whose primary function is divination. Namely communication with the dead (ancestors), the African deities, and the destine (Ori) souls of the living. It is an ancient tradition in which the dead, the deities, and the souls of the living actually come in direct contact during consultation to speak. The Amengansie tradition is an ancient, ancestral matriarchal tradition that is passed down through the generations. Although there are some male Amengan-sies, 99% are women. However, in the West, there are an increasing number of males who are being called to take on the tradition of their ancestors.







Many Amengansies are also queen mothers, and head their own Egbes.Some are spiritual chiefs, meaning that they are also guardian to many of the sacred rare Vodoun deities bequeathed to them from their ancestors.An Amengansie is the mother of all Mami Wata and Vodoun adherents. More importantly, the Amengansie is known as the first “mouth of Afa,”Meaning that their existence pre-dates the current tradition of utilizing the Opele to consult with the gods. Hence the Ewe proverb “After Afa comes the Amengansie.”It is for this reason that many in West Africa consult directly with an Amengansie to verify the results of a reading with a Bokono/Babalawo diviner.  Today, some Amengansies have chosen to utilize the Oplele, but many have opted to maintain the ancient tradition of speaking directly with the spirits, and carrying out any ritual requests that the spirits might order for their family members and clients.     


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(rt) American born, Chief, Hounon-Amengansie, Mama Zogbé  at conclusion of Amengansie ceremonies. A tradition she inherited from her great-great grand mother, who was chief Amengansie in the U.S. during Slavery. 

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After Afa Comes the Amengansie” -Ewe proverb



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For more than 6,000 years, Africa was ruled by a powerful order of Sibyl matriarchs. They produced the world's first oracles, prophetess and prophets. known as "Pythoness," they worked the oracles in the Black Egyptian colonies in ancient Greece, Rome, Turkey, Israel, Syria and Babylon.


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The Ancient Mothers of the Amengansies

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The Sibyls

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