Paths of Elegua
Some paths of Elegua Eshu Alaroye/Laroye This path is one of the youngest of the Elegua’s. He sits behind every door. He loves to play jokes and be mischievous. He is the good friend and messenger of Oshun. He loves to walk the streets and he is very useful in money problems. He can cause you to loose everything or gain everything. When Laroye comes down to earth, he goes around and plays with the children, eat cakes and dances alongside with the orishas. You have to keep an eye on him as he likes to take to the streets to find who he can play a tick on. Eshu Alagwanna/Lagwanna This path is a very strong Elegua. This Eshu is said to be the overseer of the egungun which are the spirits of the dead. Alagwanna sits at the cemetery gates guarding and maintaining order of the dead that pass through the gates. Close friend and messenger to Oya. Chains are very essential to him When Alagwanna comes down to the earth, he is very stern and does not like foolishness. He enjoys to dance and loves to consult about family or ancestors that have passed on. Eshu Bi This Eshu is known to be seen at crossroads. He is an Eshu that causes distruct and misfortune to those who deserve it. He gives painful and dangerous lessons in which if you don’t learn the lesson, he will instruct another one that would be more terrible. He can be best friend or your worst enemy. When Eshu Bi comes down he likes to talk stern to his followers. He gives good advices and expects you to listen to them. Eshu Anaki This path is said to be one of the paths that Elegua is represented as a female. It is said that Anaki is the one who keeps order among the Elegua’s. She is the one that sends each path out to do what is needed to be done among humans. Eshu Aina/BaraAina This Eshu is said to walk closely and the messenger of Chango. He is said to open the paths for Chango when he goes to battle. Eshu Aina wears a thunderstone on his head and alongside with his garavato, he holds a double axe like Chango. This Eshu is said to also cause fire as one of his punishments. Eshu Arerebioko This Eshu is said to be the path that walks alongside Ogun. When Ogun is in the forest its Eshu Arerebioko that accompanies him and keeps him company and he also sits at corners. It is said that when an accident happens at a corner, it is Arerebioko who caused it so he and Ogun can eat. Eshu Aye This path of Elegua is said to walk the seashores. Aye is the conch shell that lives in the salt waters accompanied by Yemaya. This Eshu knows all what we want. Aye also means mundo (world). So he is the one that knows and contains riches to all. Eshu Elegbara This path of Eshu is from the land of Ketu. He brings good fortune and blessings to his followers. One can attend him outside of your house by the dumpster. He loves to smoke and drink. Eshu Alaketu This Eshu sits on the outskirts of the town of Ketu in Africa where Eshu is praised. He is a wise man that brings fortune to the town. Eshu Afra This path of Elegua is from Arara, the land of Dahomey . Afra is the close and personal friend of Asojano. He is received when one receives Asojano. He is said to be a middle age and loves to smoke cigars. This Eshu does not like rum nor corojo. He likes dry wine to be placed to him. He is the one that opens the roads for Asojano to take or dispel epidemics on the land. Eshu Ana This Eshu is the owner and path owner to the sacred drums. He is the one that opens the path for communication between the sacred drums and the orishas. When Eshu Ana comes down, he loves to dance. Eshu Ashikuelu This path lives at the entrance of the marketplace. He is a great negotiator and can be used for money resolutions. He loves a good bargain. Eshu Bara Layiki This Eshu loves to dance and party. He loves to drink and play just as Laroye. He is called to make the party happy and blissful. Eshu Dako This path is always in the forest. He knows the secrets to many herbs and the secret also to the hunt. He likes to dress in animal skin. Eshu Alboni This Eshu lives high in the moutains. Very close to the heavens and guards those doors. Close to the orishas of the white cloth. Eshu Ayeru This Eshu is the messenger of Ifa. He works closely and guards the Ifa and its babalows. Eshu Aroyeyi This path guards the entrance to Olofi’s castle. He stands near the entrance and through him you have to pass to get to Olofi. Eshu Ode/Ode Mata This path of Eshu walks alongside Ochosi in hunt. He is the one that opens the path and trees so Ochosi can aim in on his prey. He likes his rum or anisette. He takes a crossbow and arrows cemented on him in which he uses to hunt with his friend. Eshu Owo This Eshu is the one that guards all the riches of the world. One keeps him happy so he can bring abundance to the home. He will always maintain you with money in your pocket if you attend to him correctly. Eshu Beleke He loves to play as a child. Loves to dance and brings good fortune to ones who deserves. If not he will bring the opposite and until you are ready, he will not bring you happiness. Eshu Eluufe This is an old and wise Eshu. He doesn’t like to be disrespected under any circumstances. This Eshu can for see all.
By: Ota Omi, My Yoruba Exclusive Writer.
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