"Ayizan is a root Lwa, the wife and feminine counterpart of
Loko, and patron of the marketplace and public spaces. Yoruba tradition
refers to the earth plane as 'the Market.' Ayizan brings the Mysteries
to the human domain. She rules the fringed palm frond that traditionally
covers the new initiates' faces as they emerge from the Couché
into the Lever ceremony. She is the Lwa that purifies the initiate."
"In Vodoun the priest serves the loa in order to serve man.
It is upon the priest that man depends for the means of controlling
these cosmic forces, of correcting their errors and failures. Loco
and Ayizan, accordingly, are the major healers of the pantheon.
The invisible forceswhich come by way of the trees may bring either
good fortune or bad. Significantly, it was Loco who discovered how
to draw their properties from the trees and to make the best herbal
charms against disease; and while Loco thus functions as the doctor
who heals and repairs the body in an almost scientific sense, Ayizan
protects against malevolent magic, and is the psychic security which
is power and health." [Deren
"Just like this old Divinity of the Dahomeans, Her name comes
from the Fon people of Benin for whom 'Ayi' means the
earth, or the land.
"In that same language, 'zan' means sacred, Ayizan
meaning then 'The sacred Earth or the sacred Land, Mother
Earth or the Generous Provider.'
"This name is in a way doubled because Velekete is an expression
utilized by the Mina people of Benin for whom 'Vele',
like the Ayi of the Fon, means the Land, and 'Kete' signifies
"Furthermore, 'Kete' or 'Kèt!' in
Creole always carries with it a very high intensity of admiration."