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Zoto Fa - Discovering One's Ancestral Sponsor

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The zoto (pronounced jo-to) is a unique West Afrikan Vodun ancestral concept. The word loosely translates as "the person who gives fire to the soul". This is the ancestor most vested in helping their descendant achieve all of the good in life and avoid the bad. This ancestor is of the same sex as the person whose zoto they are. Often, the zoto will have unfinished business in relation to their own destiny and will seek to achieve that through their descendant. The zoto may have certain taboos, certain proclivities, certain standard for one's mate choices and the like. Knowing one's zoto is important for those Afrikans who wish to be complete.

In Vodun, it is preferable to set up a completely separate shrine to one's zoto. This ancestor is deserving of special attention and a unique kind of veneration. There may be certain items, numbers, colors, kwk that are sacred to the zoto that will often play a part in the construction of the zoto shrine. One can say that the Zoto Fa (Fa divination that reveals the Zoto) is a direct compliment to the Ipiile Fa (Roots Reading).

For the Education of those Sincerely Seeking

It should be noted that this is a West Afrikan Vodun concept carried out by trained bokonon (those initiated to and trained in Fa/Ifá divination). The word zoto is an Aja -Fon) word. If there are those in other Afrikan systems claiming to be able to reveal your zoto, but are not trained in and using Fa divination from the Vodun perspective (people can have training in more than one system), then it is no different than those in Benin who are lying saying that they do Roots Readings when, in fact, the Roots Reading is a uniquely New Afrikan system created in the United States. The people in Benin are not trained in it. 


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