Ezili Dantor (pronounced eh-zee-lee Dahn-tor) is by far one of the most popular
female Petro Lwa. She can be a tough lady, a little wild, but before all she is a mother.
She is the most perfect mother one could wish to have.
Dantor is a mother who watches and cares for her children very much. She can be a
disciplinarian, as she does not and will not tolerate children behaving badly. She will defend her children and family
until the very end. Dantor will also help a person for very little sacrifice on their part.
Dantor is served with the Image of Mater Salvatoris, sometimes also known as Santa Barbara
Africana, which is the image you see on the top left hand corner of this page. She is also associated with other Madonnas
who hold a child such as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Czestochowa. Other images include Our Lady of Lourdes
and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Danto is also considered a protector of children. Naturally as a mother would protect
her own, Mama Danto will always go to the extremes to ensure the safety of her children. She will stop everything
she is in the process of doing in order to go to her child's aid. She will always be featured with her child in any
image. The daughter most frequently seen in her arms is known as "Anais". Ti Jean Petwo is also Danto's son yet
he is also her favorite lover.
Anais often serves as Ezili Danto's translator and interpreter. She relays messages
sent to Danto, thus she is often addressed when speaking to Danto. Danto is also the mother of a few sets of the
Marassa herself. Some will say that Mama Danto has seven children.