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A Depiction Of The Orisha, Ellegua.

Elegua (Yoruba: Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára, also spelled Eleggua; known as Eleguá in Latin America) is an Orisha of roads in the religions of Santeria, Candomble, and in Palo Mayombe. He is syncretized with either Saint Michael, Saint Anthony of Padua, or the Holy Child of Atocha.[1]


Ellegua is depicted in the Yoruba religion of Santeria, which is also known as the Regla de Ocha in Cuba, as the Orisha of the caminos or roads. All ceremonies/rituals done in the religion of Santeria, must first have approval by Ellegua before progressing.

There is a pataki (story) in Santeria in which Olodumare gives Ellegua the keys to the past, present, and future; for this reason, Ellegua is often depicted holding a set of keys.

In Africa[edit]

Ellegua also makes an appearance in the Yoruba religion before the religion of Santeria was formed.

Ellegua, depicted as a young Man.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adeoye, C.L. (1989). Ìgbàgbọ́ àti ẹ̀sìn Yorùba (in Yoruba). Ibadan: Evans Bros. Nigeria Publishers. p. 123. ISBN 9781675098. 

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