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ESHU
Also known as ESU

A picture showing the legend of ESHU taken from our African mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more African Gods, African Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Trickster God of Opportunity, Communication and Instant Messaging

The tremendously popular ESHU directs traffic along the Road of Life from his abode at the Crossroads of Fortune. If you're faced with an important choice or a powerful opportunity, ESHU can offer advice to help swing things your way. A super-speedy go-between, he can carry complaints to the Gods, questions to the spirit world, and messages to any living thing.

With his connections, ESHU can be a powerful ally. But he's also a Trickster God with a sense of humor and will often throw a spanner in the works to keep life interesting. This could explain why we don't always get what we want. Be careful — this master of crossroads is also a master of cross-purposes. The perfect deity for the internet age.

See also FA and LEGBA.

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Article last updated on 13 May 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ESHU : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ESHU
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ESU
Popularity index : 3193

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