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  • n. A male voodoo priest in Haiti.

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  • "'...He was a houngan, though.'

    'A what?'

    'Houngan is what the blacks call one of their medicine-priests, though to be quite right about it, I believe Ishmael said his sort of black called him an oniseegun, or somesuch.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 968

    January 17, 2010

  • "Samba Boukman, one of the revolution's first leaders, was himself a houngan (Vodou priest) guided by a loa (spirit) of African derivation."
    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 172

    March 16, 2009