Elegbara/Elegguá, Eshu/Echú

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI:
Elegbara/Elegguá, Eshu/Echú

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This chapter discusses the Messenger of the Gods, Elegbara, who is one of the three most revered orishas in Yorubaland in Africa. He is acknowledged as a powerful orisha who carries offerings of human beings to the gods, and whose support is indispensable in fulfilling one's life and destiny as well as surviving and succeeding. In Cuba, he is known as Elegguá, and he protects the entrance to houses and controls every road and corner of the world. However, Elegbara/Elegguá is also a trickster, who enjoys indulging in antisocial and destructive behavior.

Keywords: Messenger of the Gods; Elegbara; most revered orishas; Yorubaland; Africa; Cuba; Elegguá

Chapter.  5991 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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