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.
The agile and elegant goddess of love and of sex. beauty, jewelery, flowers, luxury, wealth, dance, femininity as well as discord, vengeance, jealousy; the loa of ideality in Haitian Voodoo is Erzulie Freda.
She is respected and wealthy, wears her hair long and is also very demanding. She requires her lovers to dedicate a room entirely for her ritual lovemaking. The Rada aspect of Erzulie. She wears three wedding rings, one for each husband. Agwe, Damballah and Ogou. Her symbol is a heart and she is always envisioned as a beautiful spoiled mulatto woman.
She is very specific and particular about her offerings. Erzulie Freda's offerings are sweet white or pink cakes, liquors, pink champagne, pink and white candles, white and/or pink dresses, rice pudding with cinnamon, fine cheeses, expensive perfumes, flowers, jeweled daggers, beautiful and expensive gold or/and diamond jeweleries. Coquettish and very fond of beauty and finery. White dove is usually sacrificed for her. Freda is fabulously rich, and, when she mounts someone the first act is to accomplish her elaborate toilette. She will bathe using soap still in a fresh wrapper. She will dress in silks with fresh flowers and other signs of her femininity Erzulie Freda is femininity and compassion embodied, but she is also seen as jealous and considered to be lazy.
She is also legendary considered to be the mortal enemy of her sister Erzulie Dantor.(Voodouisant always separates their services. Even offerings to them are not made on the same day) When she mounts a servitor, she flirts with all the men, kiss and caress them. Sometimes in very embarrassing manners and treats the women as her rivals. In Catholic symbolism, she is often identified as the Mater Dolorosa and strangely, the Virgin Mary. She is conceived of as never able to attain her heart's most fervent desire. For this reason, she always leaves a service in tears. The world is too much for her. At first people will try to comfort her with more delicate food or drink or other gifts but her tears continue to flow. Erzulie Freda is usually identified with gay men. She is one of the most served Loa in Haiti and she is very powerful in resolving love life, bad lucks and money problems. She speaks French, a little bit of Creole and fluently English, But in possession she rarely talks. She prefers to ask for what she wants by making signs with her hands since she is too pretentious to talk to people.
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