HISTORIC FRIDAY - Yoruba gods




ELEGUA

Elegua (Yoruba: Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára, also spelled Eleggua; known as Eleguá in Latin America) is an Orisha, a deity of roads in the religions of SanteriaUmbandaQuimbandaCandomblé and in Palo Mayombe. He is syncretized with either Saint MichaelSaint Anthony of Padua, or the Holy Child of Atocha.
Elegua is known as Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára in the Yoruba religion and is closely associated with EshuẸlẹ́gbára means the "master of force" in the Yoruba language
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.
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. 

ESHU

Eshu (YorubaÈṣù, also known as EchúExu or Exú) is an Orisha in the Yoruba religion of the Yoruba people(originating from Yorubaland, an area in and around present-day Nigeria). As the religion has spread around the world, the name of this Orisha has varied in different locations, but the beliefs remain similar.
Eshu partially serves as an alternate name for Eleggua, the messenger for all Orishas, and that there are 256 paths to Eleggua—each one of which is an Eshu. It is believed that Eshu is an Orisha similar to Elugga, but there are only 101 paths to Eshu according to ocha, rather than the 256 paths to Eleggua according to Ifá. Eshu is known as the "Father who gave birth to Ogboni", and is also thought to be agile and always willing to rise to a challenge.
Both ocha and Ifá share some paths, however. Eshu Ayé is said to work closely with Orisha Olokun and is thought to walk on the shore of the beach. Eshu Bi is a stern and forceful avatar, appearing as both an old man and young boy, who walked with Shangó and Oyá (the initial two Ibeyi), and Eshu Bi protects both of these, as well as all other small children. Eshu Laroye is an avatar believed to be the companion of Oshún and believed to be one of the most important Eshus, and the avatar of Eshu Laroye is thought to be talkative and small.
The name of Eshu vary around the world: in Yorùbáland, Eshu is Èṣù-ElegbaExu de Candomblé in CandombléEchú in Santería and Latin America; Legba in Haitian VodouLeba in WintiExu de Quimbanda in QuimbandaLubaniba in Palo Mayombe; and Exu in Latin America.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elegua



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