Loa: Loko

LOCO 

The god of wild vegetation with all its gifts, from fruits to herbs for healing and poisons for killing.

 

Other names:

  • Loko Atissou, Loco, Loko Atissougwe, Papa Loko, Azagon Loko, Loko Miwa(Loko the mirror), Loko Dayifre, Loko Mayifado.

Patronage:

  • Loko is a loa of healers, plants and trees.

Family

  • He is the husband of the goddess Ayizan.

Offerings:

  • Offerings to Loko are put inside a djakout (straw bag),
  • His ceremonial colours are Green and Yellow.

Veve:

Loko

Mythology:

Loko is the first Hougan (priest);  the priest of all priests and the guardian of the deepest secret in Voodoo: The initiation secrets. He is the one who personally conferred the Asson to all Hougans and Mambos.

Needless to point out his importance in Voodoo and the level of respect accorded to him; not only by initiates, but all. No secret is unknown to him. Loko is so powerful that he never makes appearance through possession; he is too Supreme for us humans to face him. He is portray as the wind and usually shows himself as a butterfly. 

 

 


References:

THE TOP ELEVEN DEITIES IN VOODOO MYTHOLOGY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loco_(loa)

http://www.hougansydney.com/voodoo-spirits/loko

Leah Gordon (1985), The Book of Vodou

 


Questions?

What is a Veve?

Veve (spelled Vèvè or Vevè) is a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of voodoo throughout the African diaspora such as Voodoo and is different than the petipembas used in Palo or ponto riscados used in Quimbanda since they are all separate African religions. It acts as a “beacon” for the Loa, and will serve as a loa’s representation during rituals.