Erzuli Dantor

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Erzuli Dantor portrayed as a Black Madonna

Erzuli Dantor, also spelled Erzulie Dantor and Ezili Dantor, is the fierce lwa protector of women and is a powerful mother. She is of the Petro nation and her passion can sometimes bleed over into jealousy.

Within the African Traditional Religion of Voodoo, Vudu, Vodoun, or Vodun, Erzuli Dantor is a dark-skinned woman and is the passionate protector of women. She has a vengeful streak against those who harm women and children. She is fiercely protective of her children and will take punitive action those those who harm them. In cases of domestic violence, Erzuli Dantor can be called upon to destroy the offender. Some Voodoo houses see Erzuli Dantor as one aspect among three lwa, the other two being Erzuli Freda, and La Sirene.

Erzuli Dantor is a powerful mother who is much beloved in Haiti which some calling her the mother of Haiti. Her offerings include black pigs cooked into a fried dish, blue and yellow colors, candles, cigarettes, and Florida Water perfume. Like many of her fellow lwa, she will take rum as her offering as well. She enjoys offerings of blood, especially the sacrifice of the pig. Devotees call upon her using her veve and offerings for matters regarding the home and for protection against abuse. Images of Erzuli Dantor depict her with scar-marked cheeks and she is associated with knives.

In Catholic syncretic Voodoo practices, Erzuli Dantor is depicted as any of the many European apparitions of the Virgin Mary known as a Black Madonna.

Hoodoo psychic readers, spirit workers, and root doctors who are adherents of the Voodoo Religion and who petition the lwa on behalf of clients may work with Erzuli Dantor for sex, love, protection, and for revenge against those who abuse women and children.

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