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Worldview, the Orichas, and SanteríaAfrica to Cuba and Beyond$
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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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Elegbara/Elegguá, Eshu/Echú

Elegbara/Elegguá, Eshu/Echú

Messenger of the Gods

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(p.210) 14 Elegbara/Elegguá, Eshu/Echú
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Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
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Mercedes Cros Sandoval

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0015

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

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