Meaning of houngan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhuːŋɡ(ə)n/


  • A priest in the voodoo religion of Haiti.

    ‘I've been very interested to know more about the bokor, but most of what I've read has been by anthropologist-types or mainstream houngans / mambos, who look on them with distaste and fear.’
    • ‘Hex pretends to be a houngan, but he's actually an Arawak.’
    • ‘There are also bush priests who read specific Catholic prayers at funerals and other ceremonial occasions, and hounsi, initiated females who serve as ceremonial assistants to the houngan or manbo.’
    • ‘When he has nothing and wants prosperity he goes to a houngan and says, ‘I have nothing and I am disposed to do anything to have money’’.’
    • ‘A houngan who remembers Maya explains that we are shadows cast by God.’


Early 20th century from Fon, from hun, a deity represented by a fetish, + ga ‘chief’.