sangre africana corre por mis venas
Coro: sangre africana corre por tus venas
Africano soy, yo soy Lukumi soy!
Coro: sangre africana corre por tus venas.
Barago-Ago Elegbara mo-Wi-re!
Coro: barago ago!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Eshu lives high in the moutains. Very close to the heavens and guards those doors. Close to the orishas of the white cloth.
This Eshu is the messenger of Ifa. He works closely and guards the Ifa and its babalows.
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.
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.
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.
This is an old and wise Eshu. He doesn’t like to be disrespected under any circumstances. This Eshu can for see all.
Olofi at one time was greatly ill and depressed of the situations among the universe. He grew tired and frail since he was doing so much still creating life, giving Orishas Ache and so on. The Orishas were summoned to see if they could do anything for the great king and cure him of his dilemma. The Orishas gathered in the great hall where Olofi slumped in his throne, soon they began conversing with each other on methods for curing him.
Obatala went first and tried to clean him with his white cloth with no effect. Orula prepared a tonic to drink and Olofi remained the same, Ozain tried an herbal rub and the great king remained the same. Every Orisha tried and they were unsuccessful.
Elegua walked amongst the Orishas but since he was a child the Orishas out stood him. He shrugged on Yemaya’s skirt to get her attention and asked if he could try, Yemaya told him to behave and be quiet. He went to Oya and with the look she gave him, he ran to the legs of the others. He shrugged Aggayu’s pants and Aggayu told him his presence was not needed, for him to go play outside since this was a matter for the elders. Elegua soon grew upset.
He ran to Obatala and asked him if he could try. Obatala told him that his Ache had no match to heal Olofi. He went on to tell Elegua that all the other Orishas are trying their best to do what they can for the great king. Elegua looked at Obatala and told him he should be given a chance as he is a Orisha as well. Obatala raised his staff and ordered silence. He told them to step aside and let Elegua try and revive Olofi, all the Orishas whimpered under their breath not to make Obatala hear them as he is a father figure and the eldest.
Elegua walked slowly to Olofi’s throne and looked at him from head to toe. Elegua reached into his nap sack and pulled out three herbs. He was always roaming the woods and he has seen Ozain work with the different herbs of the forest. With the herbs he picked up he grabbed a leaf from each branch and placed it into the mouth of Olofi. Now all the Orishas were seeing this child on the lap of Olofi and how long would Obatala make this mockery last.
Elegua grabs the mouth of Olofi and manually moves it so that he can chew and swallow. After he swallowed the herbs, Elegua takes out a feather and passes it over the body of Olofi. After he is done, he walks off from the throne and Obatala has grief in his eyes as Olofi remained the same.
All the Orishas began to talk about how Elegua’s tactics were unforgivable and he should be reprimanded for it. A slight glow began to rise from Olofi’s chest and it began getting brighter, brighter until the great king stood mighty tall on his throne with light so powerful all Orishas fell to their feet.
Olofi called to Elegua and thanked him for what he had done. He asked how had he done it and Elegua responded that he studied every part of the forest and its secrets. He has seen how every Orisha worked differently and he went on telling Olofi that none of the Orishas would let him try but Obatala. Olofi smiled and told Elegua that from this day he would have virtue of opening all gates and doors and pathways. He gave Elegua a gold key that unlocked Olofi’s home and every door in the universe. He also blessed his feather, telling him with this feather he would be able to walk forward and backwards through time, through light and dark, through evil and good.
Olofi then proclaimed that Elegua would be his personal messenger and that they must always count on him in all they do. If Elegua wasn’t pleased, then their work and messages would not reach the castle. He then said that Elegua must be the first to eat at every ceremony and the first to be prayed to. With all this said, Olofi touched his head and an inner light glowed from Elegua.
As a kid at heart, he faced the court of Orishas and stuck out his tongue laughing. Olofi smiled at him and sent him on his way to maintain order in the crossroads of humanity and the Orishas.
I came across a message board where these neo pagans and wiccans made eleggua to be this dangerous boogeyman like character. Their issue was they petitioned eleggua for money, new tires and love problems and they got into car accident had broken bones but they end up getting their tires and others had problems. In my opinion you cannot just pick up a random orisha and say he looks pretty cool , create a altar , ask him for shit and when you get what you want you take the altar down and throw him away. First off i would go to a priest and get divination done and see what eleggua has to say and what solution is best for you. You cannot offer eleggua just anything and expect him to do what you want. He is Fed first for a reason!. he teaches lessons to ensure you choose the right path in life. i feel that wasnt eleggua being a boogeyman that caused them to have these accidents, It was their ignorance, Eleggua knows EVERYTHING and your real intentions. Why in the hell would you petition eleggua for a damn tire in reality you couldve of done a simple money drawing spell ,i know theres lots of traditions that will allow to pick out any deity you want ,build altars ,and ask for things .Eleggua is not apart of the hoodoo tradition, I do not know why that is being taught all over the damn net. The orishas mean serious business. Eleggua is Mr personality in my experience of working with him. I have worked with both Eshu and Eleggua. These are two different energies. and there is a way you approach them and things. They have taught me a lot about myself , they taught me to take better care of my health, and they are very understanding. Eleggua’s children also understand how he works. Before you start calling eleggua dangerous and the boogeyman, but dont get it twisted eleggua does get angry and handle his business if he needs to. Read the patakis and you will have an understanding. and see a priest before you decide to start bugging eleggua for tires SMH
Tobacco is used as a divination tool by spiritists, being one of the most effective since it manages to relax and connect securely to the medium with their spirits, and at the same time purifies and unifies the spiritual energy which develops the investigation or spiritual cleansing.
There are many people who practice and interpret both the smoke as well as the ashes of tobacco, regardless of their social, cultural and economic level, those that have discoverd the pleasures of tobacco both psychic and spiritual have found is satisfying for purification as well as carrying out the ritual of the tobacco.
In this case we speak of the link between tobacco and the Osha rule, the first thing we must remember is that there can be no Coronation of Osha without before-having a deep spiritual investigation, which is carried out by a Santero-Espiritista, or a Spiritist who is already developed, such research or spiritual mass must be channeled through candlesessences, tobacco, flowers, and brandy. Once the tobacco smoke is used to purify the environment and call Egun is when it focuses and develops mass that will order the spiritual court of the initiate, so then not any any of their protective spirits or spirit guides stumble in their path.
Tobacco is an important element for the Orishas warriors, as Eleggua that opens and closes all roads, Oggun owner strength and metals, relentless Hunter Ochosi, Chango father of the religion and tireless Warrior and Oya the owner of the cemetery, and mother of the Egun, Eleggua ceremonies we can observe that most of the time tobacco is present before, during and after, because even the day of the environment, during the feast of celebration, we can see all the guests with a cigar in hand, also happens with Ochosi and Oggun.
Oya children are always accompanied by tobacco, since as we have said before, Oya or Yanza is the mother of all Egun and them give them moforibale (homage) before the coronation of one of her children, and the best way is through the smoke of tobacco, in the same way, we can point out that tobacco is a powerful weapon when used for Chango it is a way to overcome the spiritual or earthly wars, smoking a fine tobacco to Chango our father to wake you up and tell you all our vicissitudes, in the ceremonies of Babalu Aye tobacco is protagonist is used as incense and as a catalyst of all energies coming down to Earth.
For Eleggua, Oggun and Babalu Aye, it is imperative to blow them enough smoke to request their help. This is what most pleases them and what calls them to work.
Things you generally won’t find in Lukumi (Santeria):
1. Gemstones and crystals. The only time these really come up is when someone makes a very fancy and expensive mazo (beaded sash). But you won’t find gems and crystals used for their own sake, and we attach no spiritual meaning to them - except for coral. Coral is very important to us.
2. Dried herbs. We use fresh herbs. Dried herbs may be used in espiritismo but not in Lukumi, as we believe once they’re dry they’re dead.
3. Casting a circle. If you are at a ceremony and they start casting a circle, you are actually at a Pagan coven and not a Lukumi ilé. We have nothing even remotely resembling this practice.
4. Identifying as ‘witches’ (except as a joke). While North Americans have a Wiccan-influenced positive idea about witches and witchcraft, the traditional Lukumi view is actually very similar to medieval European ideas: that witches are a negative force on society, that witchcraft is harmful magic, that witchcraft is a selfish act and thus against our community-based mindset. We have a very specific kind of spirit referred to in English as “the Witches” known euphemistically as Iyami (”Our Mothers”), who are the negative ancestral female spirits, often in the form of birds, that rule over society. In Yorubaland they are a highly secretive all-female secret society of post-menopausal women, or so I’ve been told, and the impression I’ve gotten is that no one would openly state they are a part of it. We do not call on them and very, very rarely say their real name for fear of attracting their attention (Ajé is the proper name for them and you will see people outside Lukumi try to reclaim this a lot but let me tell you: if you say this during a ceremony you will get a reaction between either cut eye from every elder or fully being asked to leave the room - as an example, a Pagan godchild of mine was sitting around between ceremonies reading a book with witchcraft in the title and my elder kind of freaked out and told him to put it away and gave him a long lecture about it being inappropriate to bring it to ceremonies). Some Lukumi, particularly those who are also involved in Palo, reclaim the term “witch” as a joke and as a push back against the long history of Afro-Cuban religions being deemed witchcraft and outlawed (this has a very tragic and ongoing history in both Cuba and the United States). But in general, we bristle against having our religion compared to witchcraft.
5. Wearing all black clothing. This is highly unusual for Lukumi aleyos and priests as the colour black attracts negativity. If you turn up to a ceremony in all-black, you will not be let inside. The exception is for children of Warrior Orisha like Eleggua, Ogun, and Ochossi. They can wear whatever they want, though even most of these omo will not wear all-black to a ceremony. There’s one ebo we do in which wearing all-black is required, but that’s a different story.
6. Self initiations. They don’t exist in Lukumi or other Orisha-based religions.
7. Veves. If you arrive at a ceremony and there are chalk or cornmeal patterns on the ground, you are actually at either a Vodou ceremony or a Palo ceremony.
8. “Bring your own drum” drum circles. The drummers in Lukumi ceremonies are highly trained and drum with specific rhythms on specific kinds of drums in specific arrangements of drummers. The most important kind of drum is only played by people initiated to that drum.
9. Tarot cards. While many of us read tarot as part of espiritismo, tarot has no role in Lukumi. Our divination systems are Obí (which may only be cast by priests or with the guidance of a priest), diloggun, and Ifá. Both diloggun and Ifá may only be read by priests with specific kinds of initiations (Olochas read diloggun, Babalawos read Ifá) and with extensive training. More than a system of divination, these are the ‘mouths’ of the Orisha - they are the Orisha speaking directly.
10. Mojo bags. If you are using mojo bags, you’re actually doing Hoodoo not Lukumi. Our closest equivalent are niche Osain, but these are really quite different and look to be entirely beaded balls.
Elegua, energy of opportunity, with all my respect I honor and praise you. With humble respect, I ask for you blessings and ask you to allow all good opportunities to reach me and to help me take advantage of all the great possibilities that life presents to me today and every day. With your help let me choose the road to success and help me open the doors of opportunities.
Allow all positive things to reach me, and block all possible things that may cause me harm. Help me live a winning and positive life. Elegua, you are my guide and my leader. With your blessing all is possible for me. With you, I start my day, and with you, I finish