Kouzen Zaka, or Azaka, is the patron lwa of farmers, but he is also
known as a lwa travay, a work lwa. Minis Zaka or Azaka Mede, as minister of agriculture. He is an extremely
hard worker and works very quickly to accomplish what is asked of him. He is a peasant lwa that enjoys the
simple things of life. He is extremely popular in all of Haiti. Kouzen wears a broad brimmed straw hat, carries
a djakout (straw sack), and a sickle or machete. He wears karabel (denim) clothing and a red mushwa.
Kouzen Zaka is a master at treatments using leaves, and is
known to keep his most important herbs in his djakout. Some people liken Houngans and Mambos djakout to him, because
he is known to keep all of his magick within this djakout, as well as some rum, candles, and a couple other ingredients
he uses when treating illnesses.
Azaka has a high pitched nasal voice when he comes in possession and
is often quite energetic. He will sing that he doesn't steal, he'd rather ask for charity, and then steals! Many
of his songs say about how people are always asking him for things he doesn't have. He is a very excited dancer, and
often rolls up one pant leg to the knee. Azaka has many children, and views them as a protection for the future.
His sacrificial animal is the red rooster.
He smokes tobacco in a pipe.
Azaka's colors: green, denim, white
Azaka drinks kleren steeped in certain herbs, as well as, tequila,
cola, and coffee (with alot of sugar!). He is often offered cane syrup, sugar cane, toasted corn and peanuts, and popcorn
mixed with coconut.
His foods ar chaka, beans and rice, boiled corn, yam,
kasava bread, sweet potatoes, salt cod, banana, other types of bread, fruits and hard candy.