AbstractThis article examines the iconography of the two main female divinities in Haitian Vodou, Ezili Danto and Ezili Freda, using common chromolithographs of each personality. Images of the Ezilis are analyzed in the context of visual culture to discern how iconography informs viewers about the political position of Haitian women of the past and present. To realize this goal, the author addresses some of the complex dynamics that shaped the lives of colonial Haitian women as well as the contemporary factors affecting women's lives today.
SubjectsReligion, Vodou, Iconography, Idols and images, Ezili Dantor, Ezili Freda
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