July 19, 1969|
New Buffalo, MI
|Residence||Los Angeles, CA|
Tamara L. Siuda (born 1969) is an American Egyptologist and author of nonfiction, historical and religious books. She is also the founder and current spiritual leader of Kemetic Orthodoxy and the House of Netjer Temple, and since July 2000, she is an initiated priestess (or mambo) in Haitian Vodou.
Siuda graduated summa cum laude from Mundelein College (now part of Loyola University) in Chicago in 1991 with a B.A. in Writing (English). In 1998, she enrolled in the Egyptology program at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, obtaining a master's degree in Egyptology with a concentration in ancient Egyptian Philology in August 2000. She earned a second master's degree in December 2007 through the Coptic Studies program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Coptic Studies via Claremont Graduate University.
Involvement with Kemetic Orthodoxy
Siuda founded the group that would become the Kemetic Orthodox Faith in 1988, after an experience during a Wiccan initiation ritual in which she believed she had been called by the ancient Egyptian deities to revive their worship. She left Wicca immediately, and began study and worship in ancient Egyptian religion with friends and students. In 1993, this group of people had grown substantially, and gained legal recognition in the state of Illinois as the House of Netjer Kemetic Orthodox Temple. In 1999, the House of Netjer, and the Kemetic Orthodox Faith, was granted nonprofit 501(c)(3) status by the federal government.
In October 1996, following what is believed to be divine approval via oracles and ritual, Siuda traveled to Egypt and underwent coronation rituals to assume the religious title of Nisut, meaning "Authority" or "Incarnation". In this capacity she is considered the vicar of a divine spirit, by way of an aspect of the god Horus, referred to by Egyptologists as the "kingly ka." As Nisut, Siuda provides spiritual guidance and leadership to the members of Kemetic Orthodoxy. Siuda represented the House of Netjer and Kemetic Orthodoxy at the 1993, 1999, and 2004 Parliament of World Religions, and acts as the faith’s delegate to the World Interfaith Congress.
Involvement in Vodou
Siuda has been a mambo in Haitian Vodou since July 2001. She 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 La Fraicheur Belle Fleur Guinea of Pétionville 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. It permits her to have students in the Haitian Vodou tradition 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.
- Krogh 2004, p.168
- First Students to Graduate with M.A. Degree in Coptic Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia | Scholarships and Education Online.
- Dawson 2004, p.211.
- Krogh 2004 p.171.
- Mambo Chita Tann (Mambo T) and La Sosyete Fòs Fè Yo Wè.
- Siuda, Tamara L. (2012) (published as Mambo Chita Tann) "Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti's Indigenous Spiritual Tradition". (Lllewellyn Worldwide, Woodbury MN) ISBN 0-738-73069-6
- Siuda, Tamara L. (contributor) (2006) Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience, edited by Mark L. Tompkins and Jennifer McMahon. (Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA) ISBN 1-58761-227-1
- Siuda, Tamara L. (2005) The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. (Azrael Press, Vancouver, Canada) ISBN 1-894981-04-9
- Siuda, Tamara L. (2005) Nebet-het: Lady of the House. The Gods and Goddesses of Kemet, vol. I. (Imhotep Seminary Press, Joliet IL).
- Siuda, Tamara L. (2004) The 42 Purifications: Meditations on a Translation of Chapter 125 of the Pert-em-Heru (Egyptian Book of the Dead). Translations for Kemetic Orthodoxy, vol. I. (Imhotep Seminary Press, Joliet IL).
- Siuda, Tamara L. (1994) (published as Siuda-Legan, Tamara L.) The Neteru of Kemet: An Introduction. (Eschaton, Chicago IL) ISBN 1-57353-105-7
- Dawson, Lorne L. & Cowan, Douglas E. Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet, Routledge, 2004. ISBN 0-415-97022-9.
- Krogh, Marilyn C. & Pillifant, Brooke A. "Kemetic Orthodoxy: Ancient Egyptian Religion on the Internet: A Research Note", Sociology of Religion 65.2 (2004): 167-175.
- Rev. Siuda's Biography at Kemet.Org
- Rev. Siuda's Personal Website
- Rev. Siuda's Religious Blog
- Legba's Crossroads - Mambo Chita Tann's Vodou Blog