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Member of Orisha
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Elegua depicted as a young man
Other namesEleggua, Eleguá
Venerated inYoruba religion, Santería, Candomblé
RegionNigeria, Latin America,
Ethnic groupYoruba people
A depiction of Ellegua

Elegua (Yoruba: È?ù-?lgbára, also spelled Eleggua; known as Eleguá in Latin America) is an Orisha, a deity of roads in the religions of Santeria, Umbanda, Quimbanda, Candomblé and in Palo Mayombe. He is syncretized with either Saint Michael, Saint Anthony of Padua, or the Holy Child of Atocha.[1][2]

In Africa

Elegua is known as È?ù-?lgbára in the Yoruba religion and is closely associated with Eshu. ?lgbára means the "master of force" in the Yoruba language.[1][2]


Eleguá is known in Cuba as the orisha and "owner" of caminos, or roads and paths. All ceremonies and rituals in Santeria must first have the approval of Eleguá before progressing. He is the messenger of Olofi. Within the "Regla de Ocha"[Cuba], he slightly differs from Echu, who in this case is seen as his brother, by having less dangerous and less aggressive characteristics. Eleguá moves silently; in contrast, Echu "breaks through". Manifestations of Eleguá includes Akefun, Aleshujade, Arabobo, Awanjonu, Lalafán, Obasín, Oparicocha, and Osokere.[2]

There is a pataki (story) in Santeria in which Olodumare gives Eleguá the keys to the past, present, and future; for this reason, Eleguá is often depicted holding a set of keys. A figure of Eleguá may be placed in the house behind the entrance door.[2]

In Brazil

In Afro-Brazilian religion Elegbara is one of the titles of Exu.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Adeoye, C.L. (1989). Ìgbàgb àti sìn Yorùba (in Yoruba). Ibadan: Evans Bros. Nigeria Publishers. p. 123. ISBN 9781675098.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lopes, Nei (2004). Enciclopédia brasileira da diáspora africana. São Paulo, SP: Selo Negro Edições. p. 252. ISBN 9788587478214.

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