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Azaka

Vodou

Azaka is the patron lwa of Farmers, but is known for his hard work in all areas of life. 

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St Isidore, image used for Kouzen Zaka

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.  
 


 
 

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Houngan dressed as Kouzen!