In Voodoo, Voodun or Voudoun a Houngenikon is the ritual assistant to the Houngan or Mambo. A houngenikon is normally a “hounsi canzo“; a woman chosen from among those whose initiatory status is just below that of the Houngan or Mambo, having undergone the canzo initiation, but not yet having “being given the asson”.

In a particularly long and complex ceremony, more than one houngenikon may be responsible for maintaining its smooth running.