Societe

The association of devotees who support a hounfor.

It is a membership in such a Societe which makes a person a recognized follower of Voudon and servitor of the Loa; therefore this membership is a first necessary step towards initiation, becoming a hounsi, hounsis bossale, hounsis canzo, hounganikon, and finally a fully fledged mambo or houngan.

Initiation, however, is not a required next step for a voodoo follower.

Many members of a Societe will be content simply to give their presence at ceremonies, their devotion, and their monetary contributions when called upon, as in all religious associations.