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ERZULIE DANTOR, FIERCE DEFENDER OF WOMEN

Updated on December 2, 2011

ERZULIE DANTOR, FIERCE DEFENDER OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

In the Voodoo Pantheon, there is an important group of female loa (goddesses)whose first name is Erzulie. While all of them share in their role as Goddess of love, art, and sex, each has additional areas of life which is theirs to defend and assist. Erzulie Dantor is a mulatto woman who is often portrayed as the Black Madonna, or the Roman Catholic "Saint Barbara Africana". She has tribal scars on her cheek, and is considered heterosexual because she has children, but she is also the patron loa of lesbian women. Thus, she loves women fiercely, and will defend them to the death. She loves knives and is considered the protector of newly consecrated Voodoo priests and priestesses, as well as of women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and women who have been betrayed by a lover. She is highly respected and much feared due to her Woman Power. Most Haitian women serve Dantor, as do many men who honor and respect women. Erzulie Dantor is also the patron loa of New Orleans and so she is served by many there as well. She supports independent business women and is the patron of women's finances. Many women invoke Erzulie Dantor against their partners (male or female) should they become violent. And enlightened men also serve Dantor, especially men who honor, love and respect women.

Erzulie’s personal story is a tragedy. She was a warrioress who fought with her people during the Haitian revolution. However, her own people cut out her tongue so that she would not tell their secrets should she be captured. Thus, she is mute and can only speak a stammering monosyllable, "ke-ke-ke-ke-ke!" This is the sound of her tongue clicking on the roof of her mouth. She is often pictured with her daughter Anais, who serves as her translator and interpreter.

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Thanks to Mambo Racine Sans Boutsa The la Daginen for much of the information on this page.

Erzulies's Veve

Every Loa Has Their Ritual Symbol

The ritual symbols for the Vodou loa are called veves. ERZULIE DANTHOR, the Goddess of love, the great female spirit, is represented by her veve (symbol), the heart, and her two knives for protection. Other items dear to Erzulie surround the heart.

Erzulie Dantor
Erzulie Dantor

Indestructible

Erzulie Dantor embodies the feminine. She is beautiful in appearance and loves silver chains and silver jewelry in general. She also loves Creme de Cacao, black female pigs, Reve d'Or perfume, and knives of all sorts - especially daggers.

Erzulie Dantor is the kind of loa you don't want to piss off. Her love of knives and virtual indestructibility precedes her and her character is recognized in traditional Voodoo songs. Here, one song about Dantor describes her love of knives and her indestructibility:

Set kout kouto, set kout pwenya,

Prete m dedin a pou m al vomi sang mwen,

Set kout kouto, set kout pwenya,

Prete m dedin a pou m al vomi sang mwen,

Sang mwen ape koule.

Seven stabs of the knife, seven stabs of the dagger,

Lend me the basin so I can vomit my blood,

Seven stabs of the knife, seven stabs of the dagger,

Lend me the basin so I can vomit my blood,

My blood is pouring down.

Now, at the surface this is a graphic, repulsive song. However, it illustrates the fortitude Erzulie possesses; to be able to sustain seven stab wounds, throw up blood in a sink, and still carry on. It is also reflective of the reality of the lives of so many women who live through the traumatic experience of abuse. Despite the abuse, the power of Woman Spirit is such that we carry on. Sometimes we carry on as victims, other times as survivors. Let their be no mistake, Erzulie Dantor is not a victim; she is the personification of Woman Power, which is why she is so feared.

Reve d'Or , Erzulie's Favorite Perfume

Reve d'Or , Erzulie's Favorite Perfume
Reve d'Or , Erzulie's Favorite Perfume

She'll Vomit Blood All Over You

Okay, in case you are thinking my illustration of Dantor's Woman Power is lacking, consider this song:

Jou ma' koule

Jou ma' koule

Jou ma' koule

Map vomi sang mwen bay yo

English:

The day I am run down

The day I am run down

The day I am run down

I will vomit my blood and give it to them

In other words, even if you make me bleed, I will bleed my blood all over you! Now this is attitude, folks! Indeed, Erzulie Dantor is classified as a hot spirit and sometimes likened to a djab (devil-like), similar to any woman referred to as a "bitch" because they are assertive, independent, and strong.

In Voodoo ceremonies, the loas will often make an appearance by possessing one of the participants, a phenomenon referred to as "mounting the head". When Dantor mounts someone, she will sometimes vomit blood. This is a sure sign that she has arrived. However, if Dantor throws up blood in a basin and hands it to someone, this is not a good thing. On the contrary, it is a clear indication that Dantor is pissed off at the individual and will punish him or her. You don't want to experience the wrath of Dantor! She has been known to be a very destructive spirit and is associated with heavy rains and hurricanes that destroy everything in its wake.

Saint Barbara Africana
Saint Barbara Africana

Erzulie Dantor as Saint Barbara Africana

Dantor is served with the image of Santa Barabara Africana, also known as Mater Salvatoris. She is associated with other Madonnas who hold a child such as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Lourdes, and the Patron Saint of New Orleans, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Tribal Scars

Scars can be seen on the face of Saint Barbara Africana images. The marks are often called "twa mak" or three marks, even though there are generally only two shown. I reflect these scars of oral tradition on my Voodoo dolls. You can see the scars in the close-up photograph of Dantor.

There is a story of violence that is at the origin of Dantor's facial scars. However, facial scarring is commonly found among some African groups and so they also point to Dantor's African roots.

Erzulie Freda
Erzulie Freda

More than Sibling Rivalry

As I mentioned at the top of the lens, there is a powerful group of loa that go by the name of Erzulie. Among them is Erzulie Freda Dahomey, who is one of Dantor's sisters. They apparently hate each other; a hatred thought to be fueled by jealousy. According to legend, Dantor and Freda both loved a particular Ogou loa. They engaged in an all-out cat fight over him, which took a very violent turn. Dantor was so pissed off she took her dagger and stabbed Freda in the heart. Freda took out the knife and sliced Dantor in the face a few times. This story is reflected in Freda's saint image where a gold knife is seen coming out of her heart, and is Dantor's saint image which has scars on her face.

Pictured is Erzulie Freda Dahomey.

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      Denise M Alvarado 5 years ago from Southwest

      @Jadetatsu: Of course all women are under her patronage; however, she is well known to be the patron of lesbians as well.

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      Jadetatsu 5 years ago

      How can Erzulie Dantor be the patron goddess of lesbians? Wouldn't this goddess be the patron goddess of all women no matter what your sexual preferances are??!!

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      MeelaJoubert 6 years ago

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have been dreaming every Tuesday night, of me having sex with a dark skinned woman, sometimes she look young , and sometimes older. My mother told me a maybe dantor's way of telling me something. Can anybody tell me if this true?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks, the info is heart felt. I always learned from the old folks Danto is very dark skin while her sister Freda is very light in complexion. Please do elaborate.

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      Lakay_Graphics 9 years ago

      Very nice work!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      im a big fan of erzulie dantor ,she is my real friend .She loves me and i love her pretty much.Many unknow people who saw me always said to that ,im a mambo at the same time many also said to me i was here before,that mean im older than my parents,the, they said to me im calling to become a mistress

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Dearest Sister, I have just learned that Erzulie Dantor is my patrient and she has been with me for a long time. This beautiful goddess walks with me. I am so happy to find this out considering that years before I was told that Oya governs me. I would like to know why she has chosen me.

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      Sensitive Fern 10 years ago

      This page ROCKS! You've done it again, voodoomama!

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      anonymous 11 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.