Erzulie Danto + Santa Barbara Africana The Black Madonna

Erzulie Danto + Santa Barbara Africana The Black Madonna March 12, 2018
Ezili Danto image courtesy of Wikimedia. Licensed under CC 2.0

Very often the Haitian Lwa Erzulie Danto is represented by statues and images of Santa Barbara Africana. She is said to be a protector of women, a warrior whose power knows no bounds. People often talk about the great mother energy of the universe, and Erzulie Danto certainly fits into this category. Accordingly she is a mother who fiercely protects her children, and also keeps them well behaved. Protection from abuse, and betrayal are at the top of her list.  Also called Erzili Dantor, she is a patroness of lesbians, and all lgbtq people. Therefore civil and human rights are also her domain. As a result if you are interested in honoring her there are several offerings you can make.

Offerings and Attributes of Erzulie Danto

Erzulie Danto is a part of both the Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo pantheon. The colors for her are said to reflect those of Santa Barbara Africana. Vodou hounfor, or sacred temples, honor her with the colors red, blue, and gold. Offerings for Erzulie Danto are numerous and varying. Most notably she likes silver chains, necklaces and other jewelry, creme de cacao, perfume, red wine, strong cigarettes, dolls and daggers. Food offerings can include rice and peas, yams, and sweet potatoes.

Ceremony for Erzulie Danto

Song for Ezili Dantor/ Erzulie Danto

The La Belle Deesse Dereale Vodou temple gives us the following ritual song for her :

Erzuli dantor eh eh eh mambo kay moin
Erzulie gerouge oh oh manbo kay moin
Moin gim yon lwa qui danse nan hou fo moin jou bamoin non li
Map fe kado point wan
Erzuli dantor eh eh eh mambo kay moin
Erzulie gerouge oh oh manbo kay moin
Moin gim yon lwa qui danse nan hou fo moin jou bamoin non li
Map fe kado point wan
Erzuli dantor eh eh eh mambo kay moin
Erzulie gerouge oh oh manbo kay moin
Moin gim yon lwa qui danse nan hou fo moin jou bamoin non li
Map fe kado point wan.
Bilolo

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