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.
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I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
I love science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, biographies, and chocolate chip cookies.