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Worldview, the Orichas, and SanteríaAfrica to Cuba and Beyond$

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030203

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030203.001.0001

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(p.363) Appendix B Paths of Elegbara, Elegguá, Echú

(p.363) Appendix B Paths of Elegbara, Elegguá, Echú

Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
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  • Echú Alosi has been associated with Satan because of his evilness.

  • Echú Abalome likes to be with the dead. Echú Abalombe enjoys doing business with the dead.

  • Echú Achi Kuala is at the crossroads.

  • Echú Aguere watches over the hills.

  • Echú Akokorobiya likes to play with marbles and toys and is constantly smoking cigarettes.

  • Echú Alayiki is a child and a glutton who will go to any extreme to satisfy his craving for food.

  • Echú Anakilade lives in the savannas.

  • Echú Añaguio Elufe is the oldest of all the Elegguás. He orders around the younger ones, who do errands for him. He owns the keys of the cemetery and has to be treated with great respect. He provides trust and security to the babalaos.

  • Echú Arayeyi is Orúnmila's assistant and doorman.

  • Echerique is the Elegguá who accompanies Osain and owns the herbs together with Osain.

  • Echú Baraiñes is Changó's constant companion.

  • Echú Baralanube is the guardian of the roads and has been associated with the Lonely Soul of the Purgatory.

  • Echú Barcheno is the youngest and smallest of all. He lives and hides in the bushes to do his mischief.

  • Echú Batieyo is very powerful and always carries out what he wants to do.

  • Echú Beleke is often associated with the Holy Child of Atocha. He cannot be kept inside of homes where there are children because he will be jealous and kill them. He cured Olofin when the Supreme Being became sick. He is kept in a gourd.

  • Echúbi is the mischievous little boy who is always hiding in the corners playing pranks. Echúbi is the leader of the sacred twins, or jimaguas. Santeros claim that he is of Dahomian origin.

  • Echú Kaloya spends all of his time in parks, squares, and markets.

  • Echú Lagguana is an adult who likes to deal with the dead. He lives on the savannas and represents hopelessness. He has been associated with the (p.364) Lonely Soul of Purgatory. This oricha punishes with uncontrollable bleeding those who treat him with disrespect.

  • Echú Laroyé is the Elegguá who stands at the entrance of homes and lives behind the door in his own small house. He has to be the first one people greet as they enter, for if he is not happy and content he is capable of any mischief. Many times during ritual celebrations he will call the police for the mere pleasure of interrupting the celebration. He uses a whistle to communicate with the Echú who stands at street corners and with the one who lives in the savannas. It is for this reason that no one dares to whistle in the cabildo houses for fear Echú Laroyé will come and create problems. Echú Laroyé is also a very close friend of Ochún, whom he protects. He is a warrior. He is fond of money and dancing, and he is a glutton who loves rats and chickens. Often he disguises himself as a rat to make strange noises in the homes he lives in. He speaks through the dilogún and the obí (coconut), warning believers against all dangers and counseling them in matters related to money and investments. He is of great assistance to people who run their own businesses.

  • Echú Majo is a thief.

  • Echú Meri Leye is one of the Four Winds.

  • Echú Ogguanilebbe is always hiding in the corners. He is Ogún's companion and, many times, kills dogs to quench Ogún's thirst. One should not whistle on a lonely road at night to avoid drawing his attention, since he enjoys frightening people to death.

  • Echú Okuboso is life and death.

  • Echú Odemara can be your friend one day and your enemy the next. He is capable of doing good and evil at the same time.

  • Echú Osika is a playful boy who smokes.