Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Elegua

For all of those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a great one!

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

Elegua is an interesting myth, as it associated with Africa (Nigeria and Benin) and Afro/Cuban people in Latin America, so the god also known as "The Trickster" has a pretty far reach.

He's dressed in black and red, and can be depicted as a child and an old man. He represents the beginning and end of life, and all the crossroads of one's life. Elegua is also the god of luck and second chances, so when things don't go your way, he might just grant you another shot to make things right.

Practioners make offerings to Elegua on Mondays (his favorite day of the week), and this offering would usually consist of stuff he likes. This includes: three balls of cooked cornmeal and canary seeds, a cigar, bottle of rum, kites, whistles, toys, candy and smoked fish.

He's known as a "Trickster" because he likes to makes things complicated for us humans. He'll often play with our minds and make simple things complex. He just loves paradoxes. Despite his love for vexing us mere mortals, he expects to be treated with respect.

If you don't make a proper offering, you're life is going to suck since Elegua makes all things possible.  And since he's also a messenger to the higher gods, you'd better get this god on your side.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cornmeal and canary seeds? That is an odd combination.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

He may be a trickster, but looks a wee bit scary.

Haneen I. Adam said...

These are some odd offerings, cigar, rum and toys? he sure likes to party a lot, in fact, every Monday!
"Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (479)"

Pat Hatt said...

The trickster seems to be in many cultures. I guess he just wants to screw with everyone

Pat Dilloway said...

I'd better go get some cornmeal and canary seeds. And rum and cigars but those are for me.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I can think of many times in my life I could have blamed the Trickster for complicating things. Too bad I didn't now about the cornmeal balls then.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Great myth. I love reading about stuff like this as world religions have always fascinated me.

farawayeyes said...

Every crude seems to have a 'trickster' as part of their myths. I guess it gives us someone to blame.

Patricia Lynne said...

Why do all gods like offerings of booze? LOL I swear I've seen that a few times.

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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Eshu! I love him (I love all Tricksters, as a storyteller should). Have you ever played Changeling: the Dreaming? They have a whole game book based on Eshu, and it is beautiful :)

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Melissa Sugar said...

A very interesting post and theme. I enjoyed learning about this frightening looking trickster. I'm afraid he's been invading my life as of late. I've just been through a very complex, difficult week and someone was clearly playing with my mind, LOL. Seriously, this was fascinating.

I just wanted to pop over and say hello from the A to Z challenge

Intangible Hearts said...

I wonder if the saying about what you don't know won't kill you, came from people who didn't want to make an offering and pretended Elegua didn't exist.

Anna Soliveres said...

First time I've heard of Elegua. Definitely intriguing!

Holly Jahangiri said...

Interesting. Seems more like Loki than like Papa Legba... ;)

Fran Clark said...

Saying hello on the a-z challenge. Seen some great themes and this is one of them. Something I know very little about so thanks for sharing!

Jo said...

Trickster gods are always difficult to handle. Better they be propitiated.

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