The Gods and Spirits of Africa


African Trickster God

Trickster God of Language and Destiny

He appears as a shabby old man, but in fact he’s extremely clever and cunning. He knows all the languages of the world and is also fluent in the Cosmic Tongue (does that mean Esperanto?).

If you need to get a message to the Gods, LEGBA is the one to go for. But he’s not very reliable — he likes nothing better than to confuse. Not only that, but as he gets older, garbled messages and confusion have a tendency to creep in.

LEGBA is known as ESHU among the Yoruba, where he does much the same thing but with more up-to-date technology. He also makes a guest appearance in certain Voodou circles — see LEGBA(2).


Name : LEGBA
Area or people : Fon people of Benin and Togo
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Mayhem
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 10115
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Article last updated on 08 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Legba: African Trickster God (African mythology) ." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 08 Jan. 2014. Web. 1 October 2014.

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