Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)


Yoruba Trickster God

Also known as Eleggua, Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára

Trickster God of Crossroads, Beginnings and Opportunities

He’s the guardian of the Crossroads of Life. Whenever there are decisions to be made, he provides opportunities and second chances. If you’re lucky. As a Trickster God, the childlike Elegua can sometimes make things even more complicated. At a whim he can turn a simple choice into a vast conundrum of paradox.

He’s also messenger to the higher Gods, particularly Olorun, and he does like to be noticed. He’s partial to cigars and rum, but he is very good with children. His day is Monday — so you can start the week well under his ministrations. His color coding is red and black.

Elegua Facts and Figures

Name: Elegua
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Eleggua, Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Mayhem
Area of expertise: Trickster, Mischief, Mayhem

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 19390

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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