Kouzen is an affectionate Kryeol term that means “Cousin” and shows just how beloved this Lwa is amongst Haitians and in the culture and religion of Haitian Vodou. He is particularly important to agricultural workers, farmers and land owners as he is the Spirit who rules over farming, but he is also a spirit of hard-work and success. He is a haggler, experienced from the markets all over Haiti, both buying and selling. Despite this nature to haggle, Kouzen is kind, caring, and extremely generous to his children. Nor is he limited just to agriculture and farming!
Kouzen is a master businessman, and so those who are seeking to start a business or already have their own business can benefit from service to Kouzen. He can increase business and increase your profits, just don’t forget to give a share of those same profits to Kouzen! He is smart enough to know that if you make money, so should he. What is so great about Kouzen in these matters though is that although is is served within the Rada rite of the Vodou liturgy, as a part of the djumba nation he works beyond the typical classifications of Rada or Petro, and can work with spirits from any of the nachion to achieve your goals. In business he is often paired up with Erzulie Dantor, who is another hard-working lwa and excellent business woman.
Kouzen is also known to work closely with Ghede. While Ghede is well known to bring success in gambling luck, if you pay a small portion to Kouzen he will be sure to help you turn that money into more money. You still need to remember to give him his percentage though as Kouzen is all about abundance! If you grant Kouzen abundance he will grant you abundance.
Kouzen always carries his djakout, a square woven bag with tassels at the front. In this bag kouzen keeps those things that bring abundance to himself and to those who serve him faithfully. Into the djakout Vodouwizan will place Kouzen’s favourite things, such as:
- a coconut
- cassava bread
- sugar cane
- bonbon syrop
Once something is given to Kouzen it must never be taken away from him [except in the case of perishable items, such as the fruits], although sometimes Kouzen will lend from his djakout. Readers of one of my favourite books, “Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn” by Karen McCarthy Brown, will remember well the story of Kouzen lending money for the year ahead. If Kouzen lends you money, spend it wisely because it can bring a lot of money in return, but negotiate a good interest rate with Kouzen, because if you don’t pay your debt at the end of the year he will ensure that you loose everything that you earned through what he gave you.