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The goddess of love in the Voodoo pantheon. Erzulie is not the earth mother, nor the mother of men, but rather she is the loa, or goddess, of elemental forces—the ideal, but tragic, mistress. She lives in fabulous luxury and appears powdered and perfumed. She is lavish with her love as with her gifts. On the fingers she wears three wedding rings, since her husbands are the serpent god Damballah, the sea god Agwe and the warrior hero Ogoun.

As Erzulie Ge-Rouge, she huddles together her knees drawn up and her fists clenched, while tears stream from her eyes. She weeps over the shortness of life and the limitation of love.

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