Sep 7 2011

Agassou

Agassou (also Ati-a-sou, not to be mistaken for Adjassou Linguetor) is a Voodoo or Voodun Loa who guards and protects the old traditions of Dahomey.

Agassou was the ruler of a west African sect who honor the leopard as their totemic animal. He ascended to the status of Loa on his mortal death. His Loa is often depicted as the chosen one sent to Haiti by Ayida-wedo to bring Voodoo to her displaced African children, and to start them on the road to freedom.

In his Rada aspect he is Ati Agassou; in his Petro, he is Hougan Agassou, reflecting his work as a powerful voodoo magician.

His symbolic day is Thursday, and his colors are brown and gold.

Agassou is invoked in a voodoo ceremony when money is needed in the temple, or hounfor. His incarnations are said to be able to transform cigarettes into money.


May 20 2011

Ayizan

The Veve of Ayizan

The Veve of Ayizan

Ayizan – also refered to as Grande Ai-Zan, Aizan or Ayizan Velekete – is the primal or archetypal Mambo.

She is the wife of Loko Atisou, with whom she shares the guardianship of religious traditions, healing powers, and the reverence due to parents and to ancestors. Ayizan is also the loa of the marketplace, and of commerce, bringing benefits to merchants and buyers.

She is closely associated with priestly secrets and mysteries, particularly those around the canzo or initiation of a hounsi. With her husband, Loko, she presides over the canzo ceremony in which the asson is presented to the initiated Mambo or Houngan.

Ayizan’s symbol – the royal palm tree – is a traditional west African symbol of freedom and of the overlap between the physical and spirit worlds. She is associated with the Catholic Saint Claire, and, in strong contrast to other Loa, such as Maman Brigitte and Baron Samedi, drinks no alcohol.

The colours of Ayizan are white, yellow and gold.