Spirits in Vodou are known as Loa; Catholic Saints lithographs are used to represent them. During slavery in Haiti, white french masters forbade the slaves from pursuing Vodou as a religion and anyone caught practicing any religion other than Catholicism were severely punished. The slaves, still deeply attached to their African roots, were obliged to use Catholic Saint Image during Vodou ceremonies, pretending to be praying to them while deep in their heart they were praying to their African gods. This is the main characteristic that differentiate the Vodou that is practiced in Haiti and in Africa. Over 400 years have passed, but the tradition strangely still remain today; it is so deeply rooted in the religion that it is almost impossible to even imagine Haitian Vodou without the representation of the Loas with Catholic Saints' images.
Erzulie Dantor is a dark-skinned, hardworking woman with tough country ways and she is fiercely very independent and vengeful. Erzulie Dantor is considered to be an extremely though lady who is often wild, over bearing, aggressive, and very difficult to deal with.The goddess of Jealousy, romance and passion.
Despite her wild nature, she is seen as very maternal; Erzulie Dantor is the protector of children and women who have been abused or betrayed by a lover. Her personal story is a tragedy. She was a warrior who fought with her people during the Haitian Independence However, her own people cut out her tongue, so that she would not tell their secrets if she got captured. Thus she is mute and can only speak a stammering monosyllable "ke-ke-ke-ke-ke-ke-ke" She is often pictured with her daughter Ti Koukoun who serves as her translator and interpreter.
Due to her woman power, Erzulie Dantor is highly feared and respected. Silver Jewelery, Creme de cacao, ginger tea, black coffee, rice mixed with black beans, dry red wine, black female pig, fried plantain, two daggers, Florida water Perfume and strong unfiltered cigarettes are her offerings. In Haiti, Erzulie Dantor is mostly served by women maltreated by men and some men serve her as well, especially those who honor, love, respect and cherish women. Her husbands are Ogou and Ti jan Petro who is believed to be her cousin.
Erzulie Dantor is mistaken as a lesbian due to her tough and sometimes masculine ways. Her days are Tuesday and Saturday. Her Catholic saint associations are: Our Lady of Czestochowa, Mater Salvatoris, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Lady of Prompt Succor and she is also associated with the Hindu divinity Kali-Ma.
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