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The construction of wanga is one of the most often requested ceremonies for a Houngan or Mambo to perform. A wanga is a “spell“. There are many different wanga and many different ways to construct them. Some wanga are the personal secrets of a Houngan or Mambo, and 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.
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Uninitiated Vodouisants perform magick too. Houngans/Mambos djakout, Bokors, Kwakwa men, medsyen fey are just a few of the 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 client’s 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, separate 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 its solution. Houngans and Mambos are very good at discovering the appropriate solution and preparing it correctly.
Wanga also strengthen the psyche of the client. Wanga create change in the life of the client and empower that person to create changes too. Wanga can put the client on the right path and bring that person’s desires to 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 to a month in a half of its construction, but even then, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to magick. The skill and magickal capacity of the individual doing the magick has a lot to do with it. Also the complexity of the situation is a huge contributing factor. Naturally more complex situations take longer to resolve. 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 was resolved within hours of the magick, or even before the magick was physically done. The magick should still be tied to make the currently desired situation permanent.
The prices of wanga vary as much as wanga themselves do. Depending on the wanga, its 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 a lot 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 by 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 are made in bulk, and have no special preparation.