Kanzo Experience with Gade Nou Leve
Altar at the family peristyle
|Kanzo is the name for the initiation ceremony within the Vodou tradition. It is a sacrament, and considered to be one of the most sacred events within a Vodouisant’s life. Quite naturally, the ceremonies are empowering, exhilarating, and life-altering. They will change your life, making it better, easier, and revolutionary.You are welcome to come and participate with our Sosyete in our yearly Kanzo. If you have yet to contact Houngan Hector to inquire about this life altering ceremony, you are welcome to do so, as spaces are limited. Due to popular demand for the Kanzo ceremony at our House, we will be holding the ceremony of ceremonies, the Kanzo, in the month of January.The Vodou tradition discriminates against no one. Whether you are black, white, red, green or purple doesn’t matter. Your race is not an issue within Vodou at all. Also, you can be straight, gay, bisexual or transgender, again it is a non-issue. The most important thing is that you receive correct ceremonies, and that you follow tradition. Along with that, that you are correctly trained to fulfill your role, which we will do.Our House is located in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Port-Au-Prince being where the asson lineage originated, you will be in great company when coming to learn Vodou. The majority of our House is comprised of Houngans and Mambos, unlike most Houses comprised of Hounsis, thus you will be surrounded with knowledgeable people who are dedicated to your advancement in the Tradition. You will also have plenty of chances to learn more, not only from me, but from your Mamas, brothers, sisters, and Godparents.
Our House has a traditional method of finding out where you belong. Not everyone is called to become an initiate, but those who are find that our house is the superior place to be. Our Lwa will instruct us if Kanzo is the path for you. Along with giving us this knowledge, the Lwa will tell us at which rank you are to initiate, and whether our House is the House for you. All candidates are required to undergo this divination/screening.
Once this information is obtained, you are free to do as you wish with it. If you are allowed to, and desire to, become Kanzo in our House, you are free to initiate at the rank which the Lwa communicated to us, or any lower rank you may feel is right for you. You will begin your training as soon as your initial deposit is made.
There are three grades within the initiatory Vodou Tradition. From lowest to highest they are, Hounsi Kanzo, Houngan/Mambo Sou Pwen, and Houngan/Mambo Asogwe. If you want to know more about the different ranks of the Vodou, click here
If you would like to know more about the process that constitutes the ceremonies, check here
|Initiation into our House cannot be bought. There are certain requirements before the initiation actually takes place. You will be required to have a preliminary divination to determine certain things. Optimally this divination will be done in person, but we understand time, distance, and financial constraints that may not make this possible. Divination for these ceremonies is done by calling a House Lwa into possession in which He will determine what is right for you. Divination will determine whether the Kanzo is right for you. If so, we will also ask whether or not our House is for you to become Kanzo in and – if that is the case – what rank you are to take within Vodou. If you aspire to be a priest or priestess, you should let us know so that this can be taken into consideration. Even if you are not called to Kanzo, you can still be part of Vodou by partaking in the Lave Tet. For more information on the Lave Tet, click hereShould you be called to become an initiate in our house, your training will begin right away. You will be sent basic training information so that you can be better prepared to undergo this amazing, fascinating life experience. You will also be sent the list of things that you are required to bring along with you.The Kanzo is the holiest sacrament of Vodou. It is an initiation into the deep mysteries, but as all initiations it is a beginning. It is the beginning of a new life for the initiate. No longer as he/she was before, the initiate is spiritually attuned with his Spirits, and many rewards and responsibilities will be laid upon him/her.The Kanzo is an absolutely amazing ceremony! It improves the life of the recipient, and often his/her family as well. Not everyone is called to be an initiate, yet those who are will be welcomed to come and receive this holy ceremony. Initiation bestows good luck, improves domestic situations and finances, clears the head, balances the person, gives clarity, and promotes good health. In fact, some are led to initiation to resolve one or many of those issues. It also prepares the head to handle possession by the Lwa. Along with that, the initiate receives the secret knowledge of Vodou, according to their rank. It confers power and the backing of your new family. The process balances and nurtures the initiate. It aligns you with your Met Tet, the Master of the Head, thus infusing you with the spiritual power of this great spirit. The Kanzo is the cleansing, fortifying and finally baptism of one’s head – the head being the “seat of the soul” for an individual, which serves as a vessel for the important Met Tet, and the other spirits that walk with an individual. It is a Vodou sacrament. It is also, by far, the most spiritually moving ceremony one could ever receive. During your initiation, you will receive the sacred knowledge of Vodou. You will also be receiving sacred objects that will enhance your service to God and Ginen. Ceremonial necklaces are made and bestowed. You will be aligned with your head spirit, thus bringing about enlightenment and communication between you and the head spirit. If you are Sou Pwen or higher, you will receive the highly valued and desired Asson, tool of the Vodou priesthood. You will also be given a new sacred name to identify you as a newly consecrated, empowered, and powerful individual.||
Sacred Objects received during the Kanzo
Brule Zen Ceremony
|Not only does Kanzo bestow rewards, but it also confers responsibility. This is not to be forgotten, or taken lightly – you should read A day in the Life of a Houngan. Everyone in our family has a role to fulfill, and we all should aim to excel at the task which has been given to us.When you receive the Kanzo at our House, you can be certain that you and your spirit will be given the best of everything we have to offer. Our House prides itself on giving accurate ceremonies and information that oftentimes can’t be found outside of Haiti. We take you into the heart of the Vodou tradition and safely back out again, but when you return, you will be a new person. You will be energized, strengthened, cleansed, and renewed.Unfortunately, there are many other Houses out there who give incorrect ceremonies to sincere seekers in the Spirit. The ceremonies that they administer often offend the recipient’s spirits, damage the individual, and aggravate the person’s existing problems. Frankly, we are repulsed by the fact that these individuals care so little for their fellow human beings. Thus we focus on, and emphasize, administering the most accurate and traditional ceremonies possible.When you receive the Kanzo, you will become a member of our House. Our House is full of many loving, caring, nurturing individuals, thus we will nurture your spirit as any parent should do for his/her child. You will be surrounded by some of the most tremendous, interesting, and spiritual people in the world.
When you Kanzo in our house, you become a member of our family. Family is very important in Vodou, actually one of the foundations of the tradition. Our family functions much like a blood family. We care, watch out for, and protect our family. Everyone has a job within the family. Like family, you can talk to us about anything. We are there to support each other in all undertakings, and enjoy assisting each other whenever possible.
You will find that when you surround yourself with positive people, your world will be forever changed for the better.
Once you are kanzo, I become your Papa. I will be responsible for your spiritual growth within the Vodou tradition. You will be provided with all of the information necessary for you to function effectively within your new role. The majority of the training actually happens after the Kanzo and I will be just as dedicated as you in getting you to where you need to be spiritually.
All initiation ceremonies are done in Haiti. Thus it is a two week time commitment. There are also certain things that you will need to bring with you. You will also be taken to partake of other things in Haiti. Unlike the practice of some unreliable Vodou houses, we don’t do Vodou drive-bys (LOL). We take our time in giving you that which was given to us, which was given to them, which was given to them, all the way back through to the beginning. During those days, you will be undergoing ceremonies that will be some of the most important times in your life. The earlier you arrive in Haiti, the better! Thus we can all get to know each other better before your ceremonies commence.
|Participants are prepared to kouche (Kreyol, lie down) in the sacred djevo, which has been specially prepared for them. During their time in there, participants will have knowledge revealed to them, visits from the Lwa, and ceremonies administered to them. Also the Lwa Met Tet will be divined in the correct manner. To read full descriptions of the Kanzo, check out our Initiation page – and see some pictures from my own Kanzo as well!Participants will be baptized into service. The Leve Kanzo will be performed according to regleman. Afterwards, a Vodou dance will be held to thank God, the Ancestors, the Saints, and the Lwa for your successful completion of the Kanzo, and to introduce you into your newly consecrated life! We celebrate your new life as a spiritually empowered individual. We give thanks!From then on, you will continue to be a member of our House. Becoming an initiate of our house has many benefits. You will be invited to all House ceremonies in the USA, Haiti, or elsewhere, both public and private. You will be permitted to enter any area of the peristyle your rank allows you to enter. In our Sosyete, individuals are at a great advantage in comparison to other Vodou Houses. As well as receiving correct ceremonies, you will learn everything you are entitled to know. You will receive several guides packed with information for you to use within your new found role. I know of no other house that provides their new initiates with the amount of information that we provide directly before, during, and after your Kanzo. You will become a member of a great family whose goal is to help you within your life, and be your spiritual “back-up”, so to speak. You will have the opportunity to return to our House in Haiti at any time and will never be charged rent. You will not have to rent a Hotel or worry about other accommodations. Most Societies are not fortunate enough to offer this, thus it is something particular to our House. All you will need to do is buy your plane ticket.You will be taken to go see the Vodou-Pop group RAM. You will enjoy the influence that the Lwa have in popular culture in Haiti. RAM is a group that sings Vodou songs that have a secular flair. You will also be taken to one of Haiti’s most beautiful private beaches. Here you will enjoy the clear blue sea, feel the energy of the Lwa Agwe and LaSirene, and bathe in their clear waters. Each morning before any ceremonies commence, you will be in Vodou School. Here you will receive even more information, so when you come out of the Djevo you will be quite a knowledgeable Hounsi, Houngan, or Mambo.
Participants are free to leave as they see fit after this. There are certain items you will need to bring with you, and this list will be sent to you after you have made your initial deposit. Also, after the initial deposit has been made, you will have full access to the beginning of your learning.
Deposits for the ceremonies must be made at least two weeks in advance and are non refundable.
The Kanzo is a truly awesome, exhilarating ceremony. There are most certainly no words to describe it. If interested, do contact me
Hope to see you there,
Assons, the Sacred Rattles of the Priesthood