Kanaz takes on the devil in his book, The Opposer
Kanaz Tuzo was moving his minibus ever so slightly forward, when he heard a loud crunch.
He had rolled over his laptop, which he had rested on the drive and forgotten about.
Aside from the destruction of the computer itself, there was the pain of losing all the information on its hard drive. Mr Tuzo had only just completed The Opposer, the book he spent a year writing.
Many people would have considered it an unfortunate accident but he had a different theory – Satan.
“I think Satan knows that God has a plan for you and tries to get in the way of it,” he said. “I had been just thinking that nothing had gone wrong that day and then it happened.”
With tech specialists unable to recover his work he had to retype everything over, which took him several months.
“It was a bit discouraging, but I pressed on,” he said, explaining that he was determined not to let Satan win.
The Opposer is on shelves now.
“It is about exposing the unseen physical influences of the opposition, Satan,” Mr Tuzo said. “It is about how he operates in the heavenly realms and the low places, and how he impacts our everyday lives.”
When he was about ten, he began noticing many changes that he attributed to witchcraft: his clothes would suddenly, not fit; his food tasted bitter; there was a bad odour around him.
“I grew up among certain invisible influences of Satan, such as forms of witchcraft and sorcery,” he said. “At the time I did not know what it was, and I did not have any one I felt comfortable talking to about what I was going through.”
He is convinced that, through no fault of his own, someone decided to use witchcraft against him.
Mr Tuzo also believes that Satan worked through the people he knew to lure him into trouble on a regular basis.
It is an understanding he gained at 17 when he started watching television programmes on topics such as voodoo.
“My family were all Christians, and followed Christian belief,” he said.
Many of the people he tried to talk about his experiences suggested that he see a mental health professional.
“But there was no concrete evidence that I was mentally ill,” he said. “That is the world of institutions. They cast out things that are spiritual.”
Mr Tuzo expects that some people who read his book will label his message as "crazy".
“When you speak of spiritual matters to some people, they will say it is crazy, because it is not tangible to them,” he said. “People see the world as it is every day. It is just sun, moon and stars. They don’t believe that invisible life takes place. Other people have different beliefs.”
At 19 he started reading the Bible and “began to understand the teachings of Jesus more deeply”.
“I started to immerse myself in prayer and fasting, denying myself and taking up my cross daily.”
He found further peace when he joined the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and talked with priests there. Learning and following the scriptures eased his anxiety and he was able to get his life back on track.
Now 37, he works at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide and runs his own clothing business outside the Warwick Post Office on Saturdays.
He named it 7771 Fashions believing that 777 is the opposite of 666, the number of the devil.
Mr Tuzo's clothes come with inspirational messages such as “son of righteousness”.
He also pours his spirituality into music and poetry.
“The music is very spiritual,” he said. “I use metaphorical languages. I have some love songs, but it still reeks back to the scriptures.”
The Opposer is dedicated to “all wounded, broken-hearted souls in distress”.
His idea was it could help others get their lives on track. Mr Tuzo also wanted to reach bullies and abusers who may be unconsciously doing the devil’s work.
He believes that in the absence of some kind of “office” that helps people deal with spiritual matters such as sorcery, his book can support people who feel the way he did in his teens.
“When this started to happen to me, I did not feel I had any power to do anything,” he said.
“The most difficult part about writing it was explaining things in a way that the reader could relate to it. I have used some examples from my own life but I have also tried to find situations that those who are reading it can relate to.”
To make the delivery more palatable he found an illustrator who “did a fantastic job” creating "comic book-like drawings to go with the words”.
“A lot of people have given me good feedback,” he said. “People in my church come from this angle anyway, knowing the scripture and will be more open and relate to it.”
The Opposer is available at Bermuda Bookstore, Brown & Co, The Griot Bermuda and Robertson’s Drug Store, for $35.
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