December 1st, 2007 by sabrina
Erzulie Freda is the Vodoun Goddess of love and beauty. Vodou has three sets of deities or lwas–Rada, Ghede, and Petro–each with their own associations. Erzulie Freda is the Rada aspect of the Goddess Erzulie, and she represents romantic love, sweetness, and luxury. She loves perfume, the color pink, fancy clothes, and the good life, and she wears three wedding rings, one for each of her three husbands. Erzulie Freda can be called upon to bring love and luxury to one’s life, but she is a little spoiled. She always wants more from her followers–fancier clothes, more champagne, more designer shoes. When she doesn’t get what she wants, she bursts into tears, and plunges a sword into her heart. Even in the midst of her wealth, the world disappoints her, and she reminds us that material wealth is not the only wealth we must strive towards. She is also known as Erzulie Freda Dahomey, because she originated from Dahomey (now the West African country of Benin).
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