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.  

Kouzen Zaka

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kouzen Zaka


Kouzen is the patron loa of farmers in Haitian Voodoo and is known as Minister of Agriculture. A  very good natured man in the mountains, very gentle and respected by all for being a hard worker, he enjoys the most simple things in life. He is the brother of Guede. For this reason, Guede will often come to the ceremony for Kouzen.

 He is always wear a broad brimmed straw hat, barefoot, smoking a pipe, wearing denim clothing, carrying a straw sack called
(djakout) and a sickle or machette when he comes in possession. Kouzen is extremely popular in all of Haiti. He is a master at treating illness using herbs and leaves that he always keep in his "Djakout". with his high pitched voice Kouzen always say in his songs that he doesn't steal, he'd rather ask for charity, but then steals.

He also complaining in his songs about how people are always asking him for things he doesn't have. He is very suspicious by nature, out for profit, and has a fear and hatred of town folks. Kouzen is a very lively dancer. Kouzen is also well known for his gossip. When he mounts someone, he spills out all the local gossip to the 
embarrassment and amusement of all. St Isidor is the Saint Catholic image uses to portrayed Kouzen.

Chaka,, boiled corn, cassava bread, sweet potato, yam, coconut, toasted corn and peanut, a gray rooster or a goat. Cola, coffee,  and all kind of fruit are Kouzen's offerings. His tree is the avocado.

Alternatives: Kouzen Zaka, Azaka Mede, Minis Zaka, Zaka Klib, Zaka Tonné(Zaka Thunder).
Color: Green, Denim sometimes blue and red.

Song for Kouzen

" Jaden mwen lwen;  mayi'm ape kase ago e!
Jaden Mwen lwen; mayi ap kase ago e!
Jou'm pran yon fanm, ki pa pote panye nan tèt samalouwe?

My field is far away; my corns are being stolen ago e!
My field is far away; my corns are being stolen ago e!
The day I take a woman who doesn't carry a basket on her head, what will I do?

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