Involvement in Vodou
Siuda has been a mambo in Haitian Vodou since July 2001, when she first initiated as a mambo asogwe (the highest rank of Haitian Vodou initiation) as part of La Sosyete Racine Sans Bout in Jacmel, Haiti. She left her first house in 2003 and was re-initiated as a mambo asogwe in another Vodou lineage, the Sosyete Belle Fleur Guinea of Petionville and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2006. Siuda's own Vodou house in the lineage of Belle Fleur Guinea is called La Sosyete Fòs Fè Yo Wè, and permits her to have students in the Haitian Vodou tradition completely separately from her role as Nisut of Kemetic Orthodoxy. As a mambo she is known as "Mambo T" or by her public initiatory name of Mambo Chita Tann.
Now, I understand how well Kemeticism and Vodou (Voodoo, however you want to spell it) work together. They actually compliment each other greatly. The issue I'm seeing is this, copied from the KO's official site:
In order to maintain Ma'at and respect to all religious choices, including our own, we do not ask members to renounce any previous or current religious beliefs, ordinations or titles gained in other faiths, although Shemsu undergo a rite of initiation dedicating them specifically to the service of a particular god or goddess and generally make a total commitment to Netjer setting aside behind previous non-Kemetic Orthodox work as part of that vow. (Remetj members do not take such a vow and as such are not bound by the oaths of Shemsuhood). Persons who after probation, or at any time during their sojourn with the faith conclude that Kemetic Orthodoxy is not their spiritual path are supplied with guidance on where to achieve that as best as can be supplied; we do not believe our faith to be the one and only path to spiritual success and Kemetic Orthodoxy may not be for everyone.
That first line is much like one of those cases of "Now don't get me wrong, I really like (whoever), but (insert reason why not to like them)." By the interpretation of their own words, they literally said, "We won't ask you to renounce any previous or current religious beliefs, but if you become one of us, we make you do just that."
Now... On to the point...
Why is it, that if the Shemsu of the KO are expected to devote themselves specifically to the Kemetic Orthodox faith that their leader, Ms. Tamara L. Siuda, can go and get any official whatnot that she wants to, to even have students in that other faith seperately from the KO?
Really, now. All I'm seeing is a person who is trying really, really hard to become an idol. And sadly, most people are letting her do just that...