In voodoo, the Papa and or the Mambo are the human beings who have been elevated to the rank of High Priest or High Priestess. In contemporary culture, most people think of the Voodoo Papa or Mambo as the more famous Loas or “spirits”. However, this voodoo fact of the day is dedicated to those currently living souls who have dedicated their lives to Voodoo and have risen to the “rank” of High Priest or Priestess.
As is true with many things Voodoo, High Priests are often different than you might expect. They don’t walk around with a voodoo doll in their hand. They aren’t sacrificing goats just for the heck of it. And they are probably way more educated than most people would imagine. The current highest priest in Haiti, Max Beauvoir, is a man in his mid seventies who has a degree in biochemistry earned at the prestigious Sorbonne university of Paris. Surprised? That’s a bit of Voodoo for you!