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Azaka is pronounced "ah zaa kaa".  He is also known as Zaka.

Though Azaka is the Lwa of Agriculture, he is generally seen as the brother of the Ghede.  For this reason Ghede will often come to the ceremonies for Azaka and come when Azaka has mounted someone. 

There are interesting similarities between the sophisticated Ghede and the more bumbling Azaka, as though a younger less sophisticated brother were imitating a more secure older brother. Like Ghede, Azaka loves his food. Unlike Ghede, he is rude and voracious in his eating habits, often running away to hide with him food and eat it quickly. His favorite dishes to eat are the ones peasants feed on--boiled maize, bread soaked in oil and slices of small intestine with fatty membrane fried, unrefined sugar. His favorite drink is white rum and his tree is the avocado. Azaka controls the fields, and like the farmers themselves, he is very watchful of detail.

He notes who is treating whom in what manner, who is flirting with whom, who says what to whom etc. When he mounts someone he often spills out all the local gossip to the embarrassment and amusement of all. He does not forgive easily.

Azaka is a gentle simple peasant, but greatly respected by the peasants since he is a very hard worker. He is addressed as "cousin". He is found wherever there is country. He is usually barefoot, carries a macoute sack, wears a straw hat, and has a pipe in his mouth. By nature he is suspicious, out for profit, fond of quibbling, and has a fear and hatred of town folk. His vocal stylization consists of the almost unintelligible sounds of a goat. He is known for his gossip he spreads and for his "girl chasing." He is young and likes to play when not working. Azaka controls the fields and like the farmers themselves, he is very watchful of detail.  

It is rumored that Azaka often appears in concrete forms. In this concrete form, he assumes a limp and dresses in a ragged peasant outfit. Then he begs for rum or cassava melons. Those that refuse to give him anything are punished.

Azaka is the Lwa to petition anytime you want something to grow, to plant new seeds, any new beginning - plant form or not!

Offerings for Azaka include roasted corn. His favorite dishes to eat are the ones peasants feed on--boiled maize, bread soaked in oil and slices of small intestine with fatty membrane fried, cassava melons, unrefined sugar. His favorite drink is white rum and his tree is the avocado - but Azaka is is known as a voracious eater and will eat anything as an offering. Heck, you can just share your dinner with him!

Azaka's colors are green and gold.  His symbols are farm tools, grains, veggies, most anything that grows.

He is associated with the St. Isidore.

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