Spirits in Vodou are known as Loa; Catholic Saints lithographs are used to represent them. During slavery in Haiti, white french masters forbade the slaves from pursuing Vodou as a religion and anyone caught practicing any religion other than Catholicism were severely punished. The slaves, still deeply attached to their African roots, were obliged to use Catholic Saint Image during Vodou ceremonies, pretending to be praying to them while deep in their heart they were praying to their African gods. This is the main characteristic that differentiate the Vodou that is practiced in Haiti and in Africa. Over 400 years have passed, but the tradition strangely still remain today; it is so deeply rooted in the religion that it is almost impossible to even imagine Haitian Vodou without the representation of the Loas with Catholic Saints' images.  


Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014 Under: religion


Ayizan is the patroness of the initiation into Vodou with her husband Loko. Her name Ayizan Velekete means(very well chosen friend of the earth).She is one of the most important spirits in Vodou and also the first Mambo(priestess). She only makes appearance during Kanzo Ceremonies(initiation ritual). 
She is seen as a market woman wearing a white dress with very large pockets where she keeps small candies, and change to hand out to children. Ayizan is symbolized by mounds of earth sprinkled with oil and surrounded by fringe of palm. In personification, she is represented by an old woman. 
She is Dahomean of origin and one of the oldest Voodoo Spirits and is therefore entitled to first offerings. She rarely comes in possession, and when she does, her possession are never violent and might even take quit a while for people to spot her.
 She punishes adults who take advantage of the young; the rich of the poor; the strong of the weak and the husband of the wife. Salutes to Ayizan and Loko are the most complicated and beautiful in Voodoo; giving them all respect. They are extremely strict when it comes to tradition. Along with Damballah and Loko, Ayizan is the guardian of African Vodou traditions in Haiti. Almost all her songs are still in ancient African languages.

Ayizan is depicted as St Claire.
Color: White

Alternatives: Ayizan Velekete, Mambo Ayizan, Gran Ayizan(Ayizan the grand mother), Mambo Afrekete.

"Ayizan eh, Ayizan eh
Ayizan eh, Ayizan eh
Ayizan m'prale nan Ginen pou'm we si m'a lage
Ayizan nou tout mare

Ayizan eh, Ayizan eh
Ayizan eh, Ayizan eh
Ayizan I'm going to Guinea to see if I can free myself
Ayizan we are all tangled"

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