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Gro Mambo

Visionary. Motivator. Ethnologist. Religious leader. Choreographer. Dancer. Playwright. Teacher. Mother. Founder, Director, and High Priestess of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary. Founder and Chairperson of the National African Religion Congress.

Initiated first in the Akan religion of Ghana under Nana Oparebea, she began her study of Haitian Voodoo while under the tutelage of her Akan Godmother. It was during this time that her destiny was calling her to Haiti to become a Mambo.

Gro Mambo in Possession during an Ogu Ceremony

While in Haiti she studied Loa rhythms, shantis (prayers) and dance of Haitian Voodoo under Mambo Josephine in Delmas, Haiti, as well as vevé and related religious art and symbols of Haitian Voodoo. She was initiated as a Mambo in Mariani, Haiti, and then later as a Gro Mambo by Papa Hilaire Michel. During her training leading up to her final initiation, she studies under Hungan Rejje of Kenscoff, Haiti; Hungan Daniel of St. Louise, Haiti; Hungan Marcell of Mais Jace, Haiti; and Hungan Lionells of Haiti, becoming a specialist in all of the various aspects of the Voodoo religion, from the prayers to the drum, from divination to spiritual baths.

Also a professional dancer, she began her dance career as a student of the Arthur Hall Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and, after being certified as a Master Dance Instructor there, later went on to found the Spirit Cultural Dance Ensemble. She has presented and performed in numerous dance recitals, including at the Walnut Street Theater. She was instrumental int he organization of African Culture Night, presently celebrated annually at the Robin Hood Dell Theater. She appeared in Ayida atthe Philadelphia Academy of Music and choreographed, arranged, and performed in the Aqua de Voudaun Suite at the Robin Hood Dell and Germantown Friends Theater. Further, she has surved as the director of the African Dance Department of Lacher Latari, and she has also served as a dance instructor at various colleges and universities.

Gro Mambo in Haiti preparing for a Papa Agwe CeremonyAs a Voodoo priestess, Gro Mambo has blazed a trail that has helped her garner a national and international reputation. She founded Le Peristyle Haitian Sanctuary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1982, and later incorporated Le Peristyle as a 501(c)(3) church, making her church the first church of Voodoo, or Humofor, to achieve 501(c)(3) status. She also directs her Humofor in Mariani, Haiti, Le Peristyle Sanctuary, which belonged to her late godfather Papa Hilaire Michel. She also erected the first Voodoo Sanctuary in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where government officials hung marquees over the shrines declaring them the first shrines in the country since slavery.

Continuing her legacy, she held the first public Voodoo ceremonies in the United States. She hosted two ceremonies at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, and in Congo Square in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she held the first Haitian Voodoo ceremony since the times of Marie Laveau. In recognition of her work, the City of New Orleans proclaimed Gro Mambo an honorary citizen and the dates of those ceremonies as holidays. To this day, June 6, 1998 stands as New Orleans Festival Day.

This recognition is only one of many; she is also the recipient of many awards and accolades.

  • J. J. Desslaine Award, J.J. Desslaine Society
  • Sol. Achievement Award, Level Movement
  • Choreographer grantee, Pa. Coun. Arts
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Who's Who in American Women
  • Who's Who in the World
  • North American Delegate, Orisa World Congress
  • Chieftaincy holder, Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon, SC
  • Olori Erelu Isese Agbaye, Ile-Ife, Nigeria for fostering unification of all people practicing African-based religion
  • Cambridge Who's Who, 2007-Present

Proclamations received:

New Orleans Voodoo Festival Day Proclamation from the the Mayor of the City of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Voodoo Festival Day, June 6, 1998, City of New Orleans
  • Honorary Citizen, May 9, 1999, City of New Orleans
  • Tom Ridge, Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Edward G. Rendell, Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Senate of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  • African Religion National Unity Week, John F. Street, Office of the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, PA
  • Congressman Chaka Fattah
  • Buddy Dyer, Office of the Mayor of the City of Orlando, FL

Gro Mambo at the office of the National African Religion CongressShe is the founder of the National African Religion Congress / NARC World International, the certifying board of priests and priestesses of all African-based religion worldwide. As NARC World's founder, Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón Idizol is the first to introduce the certification system of Priests, Priestesses, Babalawos and workers of African-based religions. She has also been called as an expert witness for judicial systems to clarify information that the courts otherwise would not understand about traditional practices.

Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón Idizol resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she devotes her time to offering comprehensive spiritual consultations: child guidance, employment and career guidance, marital, drug and alcohol counseling and spiritual training for High Priests and High Priestesses. She is a master teacher of divination and spiritual healing to training priests and priestesses.

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What is Divination?

Divination is the ability to see into the future, the present and the past.  It is the ability to see problems from the past, allowing the force to give a prescription to prevent problems in the future that may come from the past. Prescriptions are received through the divination to give directions for an individual to elevate in their future.  The power of the divination gives knowledge to an individual, which allows them to have strength at times of confusion and trouble times in their life.   

Divination, also known as spiritual reading, provides direction that enables you to attain the optimum love, health, finance and cycles of elevation that God intended for you.  Readings examine your past, present and future; they encompass your spiritual, mental and physical state.  The reading serves both as a diagnosis of your life situation, and will provide a prescription for a positive solution. 

Through her psychic ability, Gro Mambo has given guidance to rock stars, government officials, and law enforcement agencies.

Gro Mambo specializes in divination, prescription of spiritual medicine, administering cleansing baths, counseling couples and providing expert consultation to businesses.

Gro Mambo also offers: Readings for enhanced quality of life, healing services, spiritual cleaning of homes, fire baths for business and finances and to remove negative vibrations, dream interpretations and Spiritual Soaps:  used for stability in family, home, finance, aggressive steps in life, health, love, luck and chance.

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