Erzulie Dantor

Erzulie Dantor, depicted on a Vodoun Banner, Haiti, mid- 20th century, sequins and beads on fabric.
Courtesy of Martina Kudláček

The name of this loa is »Erzulie Dantor«, a female deity of Haitian Vodou. Flags of this sort play an important role in Vodou ritual, with the full magic of their sequins revealed only in the light of burning torches. As her insignia show heart and sword, Erzulie is characterised by love and fighting spirit. She proved the latter especially during the Haitian Revolution of 1791 – during a Vodou ceremony she took possession of a priestess and called for an open fight against the French colonial masters.
According to legend, the distinctive scars on her face originated from that fight. They correspond to the scars of another holy figure: the “Black Madonna of Częstochowa,” Poland’s most important icon. Is this resemblance a coincidence? No, not at all!