Elegguá-Eshu, the eternal combination of good and evil, the warrior and mischievous child, prosperity and misfortune.
Although the number of avatars that it possesses are many, it is said that this deity possesses 121 paths, but that each person can see them in difference to their hierarchy in the Yoruba religion and their experience.
Eleggua in his ways he is also considered as Echú, who governs the manifestations of the malevolent, cheats and deceives.aña to the Orishas and men.
This combination, however, represents the balance of the world, for there can be no Iré without Osogbo. Elegguá and Echú It is, therefore, the representation in the Yoruba religion of that constant link between the positive and the negative that remains present in humanity.
The Roads of Eshú-Eleguá
The Eshú-Eleguá roads are grouped into seven categories:
- Añaguí, the mother of all Eleguá.
- Echú Okuboro, the one of life and death.
- Laguana, which is everywhere.
- Layikí, the way that nobody knows how to start and how to finish.
- Laroye, the one who is always fighting.
- Batielle, the one who ends everything.
- Odde-Mata, who serves for good and for evil.
From each of these categories, numerous paths are broken down, totaling 121 avatars.
Next, we describe the vicissitudes of Eshú-Elegguá, of many of them very little is known, being part of the secrets of the Yoruba religion.
1. Eleggua Abaile or Aball:
The Abaile is recognized as the one who receives the ebboses and directs them to those deities to whom they are directed, if they so decide. If you don't want to, none of the offerings will reach their recipients. That is why it should be adored and cared for.
2. Echú Achí kuelú:
On this path Eshu-Elegguá has the physique of an old man, of very small stature, who lives in the hollows and tunnels under the ground of the crossroads.
It is considered a spirit of the earth and has all the minerals, especially gold. He works with Ifá and eats pigeons.
3. Eleguá Afrá:
Eleguá Afrá is received together with Babalú Ayé and lives in hospitals. He is very loved because he helps the sick and that is why he is known as "The child of childhood contagious diseases", such as measles and smallpox.
He whistles in the corners and on the lonely roads and does not show his face, since he should not be looked at in the front. Her necklace alternates white and black beads. It is taboo brandy and palm wine.
4 and 5. Echú Afrodí and Echú Agroí:
They are from the Aará nation and Ifa assistants. They only allow men to officiate their worship.
They have twenty-four roads. For this reason, these figures are decorated with twenty-four cowries, distributed in three rows. Both are pyramidal in shape and are crowned at the top.
6, 7 and 8. Elegguá Agatigaga- Elegguá Agbanilegbe- Elegguá Agbanilé:
Different names that are given to Elegguá in the Yoruba religion.
9. Eleguá Agbanukué (Agbanuké):
This Elegguá is the guardian of the Ilé (houses), to whom he gives help and protects from bad intentions of other people outside the house.
He is the best ally that the Babalawos have and protects them, together with Eshu Barakikeño and Alaroye. And it is that he is known as the Babalawo gossip since he tells him everything he sees and hears in his Ilé.
It is also considered the Eshu of clairvoyance through which Orunmila has that virtue. He has the power to blind his enemies.
10. Echú Agbalonké:
This path shows an Echú as a strong and fearless warrior who punishes with fire.
They call him "The Echu of Deaths", because he is continually guiding the souls of the deceased.
11. Echu Agberu.
This path represents the wife of Echu, the recipient of the sacrifices.
12. Echu Agbo Bara:
This is the Echu who cheats and amuses himself at the expense of humans. Hears everything.
13. Echú Agganika:
This path is a malevolent Echú. He likes to stumble upon everything he comes across and is dangerous and vindictive.
When he gets angry, he attracts the police. They say that even Agganiká was called in Cuba to the Rural Guard. He is on horseback with a machete.
14. Eleggua Aggo Meyo:
It is an Echú of the Earth Oyó. He is the one we ask for help when we have problems, as he is an effective guardian against cheating and deceit.
15. Echu Agongo Oló Oña:
This is the Echu who owns the roads, the one who holds the keys to the destiny of men.
16. Eleguá Akéru:
The messenger of the deities, establishes those messages that have priority and ensures that each Orisha receives them.
17. Eleguá Agongo Ogo:
He carries the garabato, or guava wood staff, which is used to attack or defend himself and make his way through the undergrowth of the mountain.
18. Eleggua Akesan:
It comes from the Kingdom of Oyó
19. Echú Akileyo:
It is an Echú from Oyó land. He has the image of a small, rowdy child. He is the most mischievous and mischievous of all paths and can cause trouble.
20. Echu Akokorobiya Akokoriye:
Very fond of playing with tops and balls and smoking. A mischievous Echu who loves to enjoy life.
21. Eleguá Alá Le Ilú:
He is an old man and a fortune teller (awó). This path indicates the title of honor that Eleguá holds in the cities or towns. There, he is seen as a high-ranking fortune teller who helps those in need solve their problems.
22. Echú Alá Ayiki, Bara Aláyiki Agagá:
The name of this Echú means that he is a glutton, from the Oyó land and also works for Ifá.
He is a rambunctious child with a great appetite, very addicted to brandy. This Allahiki represents the unexpected, the imponderable, and also deception and betrayal.
It was he who blamed Osun for stealing a goat that he himself had eaten. He was born in Oggundá-Iroso (Ifá letter).
23. Elegua Allah Lu Banshe:
It is the Eleguá that is related to destiny and human decisions, owner and lord of everything in life and the one who has the key to good fortune.
He possesses the Ashe of the God Oloddumare to fix what he considers on each path, or to derange it.
Thus, he can open the roads and help us, but he can also close them and leave us plunged into a spiral of despair. He must be present at any ebbó and is the first to be attended at the ceremonies.
24. Echú Alágbana, Alágbawánna, Bára Alágwana, Obanigwana, Obanigwan:
This Echú leads the Eggúngún with a whip. It represents misfortune and hopelessness, and punishes the scoffers, the wicked and the irresponsible with terrible tragedies.
It can bring many problems such as accidents, illnesses, diseases, setbacks and accidents. Habita in the solitude of the dark and inhospitable places of the forest.
He is an adult and lonely Echú who helped Babalú Ayé when he was punished by Obatalá.
25. Echu Alaketu:
An Elegguá king of Ketu. Wear a necklace of black and white beads.
26. Echú Alaroyé, Laroye:
So that he does not upset and appease him, he is greeted by calling him by his name that has several meanings:
- Alaroyé (great talker),
- Allah Aroye (owner of disputes, discord) or
- Aroyé (debate, controversy, loquacity).
He lives at the door, at the entrance to the Ilé, in a clay pot. This Echú adores sweet offerings, as well as enjoying the dance and the money that is offered to him, whether in coins or snails.
He is very mocking, malicious and spoiled. He is a small warrior and can often be found on the banks of rivers.
He also works for Ifá, and then he wears a small metal arrow on his forehead, like Agbánukué and Biba Kikeño. It is he who warns of dangers and diseases and advises how to conduct business.
27. Eleguá Alaroye Akokelebiyú:
This is the image of Elegguá considered as a very naughty boy, who makes jokes in bad taste and has a bad character. The devotees should be warned of his ways, because he is able to attract the police to the home.
28. Echú Alaroyé Kio, Laroyé Inkío, Kié:
This Echú has only one leg and the dancers in his honor dance to him by jumping on one foot and spinning like a whirlpool.
29. Echu Alaaru:
He is a messenger and a porter.
30. Echú Alimú:
It is Aará. Work with Babalú Ayé.
31. Echú Alona, Alonná:
This Echu is mysterious and punishes with fire. Has a continuous deal with the spirits of the dead.
32: Echu Alusi:
This Echu has evil intentions and is harmful, causing misfortunes and calamities.
33. Echu Añagui (Añabi):
It has three paths and in one it appears with two faces. He is a god of wisdom, who lives inside a coconut and ensures prosperity and fertility, since he possesses the power of life renewal.
Elegguá's paternity is recognized, along with Echu Alayi Ibere Yeyé, who is the mother, the beginning or the genesis.
Añagui She is as furious as a storm, the brave one who knows how to heal with plants. It is small and moves riding in the eddies.
By another way, called Echu Ñangui (Yangi) He is the father of all the Echú, since, according to a pataki, he was cut into two hundred pieces by Orúnmila Ni Agbomiregún, who used a sword to punish him for his terrible voracity. These pieces became two hundred Echu and then doubled.
34. Echu Allah Akomako (Echu Mako)
He likes to hide things out of evil and prefers to receive only stolen offerings. He usually punishes with the help of fire.
35. Echu Ara Idi:
He goes with Ochún the goddess of the river and is related to the Jimaguas Ibeyis.
36. Echú Aral Lele, Araí Loli:
Names of a curious, wandering Echu who takes the form of a stray dog.
37. Echú Arayeyí, Arareyí:
Fortune teller's goalkeeper Orula. Protector of the Orisha of love, Ochún. Live and eat at the entrance of the houses. He is a jealous guardian, but causes problems if not cared for properly.
38. Echú Arere Obi Oké:
This Echú is syncretized with the image of the Child Jesus that Saint Anthony of Padua holds in his arms.
It is arere, which means great honor, it is power, it is the son of God, the messenger of Olodumare. He is a guide and fortune teller and he came down from the mountainaña sacred (Oké) to help humanity.
39. Echú Aridiyí:
It is said that if it appears it causes terror and great fear.
40. Echu Aroni.
He is a healer and a magician, but very violent. He lives in the forests where he practices medicine, since he knows all the secrets of Osaín del Monte.
Among its functions is to bring fire to Oggún, the owner of the iron.
His physique is that of a dwarf with a dog's head; it has a single leg and an arm, with a long hairy tail that ends in a ball. This Echu inspires terror in cowards. It is also called Ayé Bele Bure and Ayé Burele.
41. Echú Ayeru:
This is the guardian of Ifá. That babalawo that Ayeru and Osain have is very firm, since both are the guarantee of their work and there are no dangers to fear.
42. Echu Awere:
This has its house in the hills and slopes of the mountainsañayes He is consecrated to the sacred father Obatala.
43. Elegguá Awó Bara:
He is Oyo's fortune teller and guardian of the babalawos houses so that no one can steal the secrets of the Yoruba religion and faith.
44. Echú Baraiñé, Okú Bara Iñé:
In this avatar Echú is an adult and is closely linked to Echú Bí. He is born in Obbara Meyi. He protects his children a lot. He is the Elegguá of Shango the king of thunder.
45. Echú Barakeño:
Very mischievous: everything upsets and confuses him. He is the smallest of all the Echus. He hides in the bushes and always habita in the thick of the bush.
46: Elegguá Barakikeñerí:
Camino de Elegguá about which very little is known.
47. Elegguá Bara Ala Asuayó, Lasuayo:
Elegguá front, owner of the door or entrance of the Ilé (home).
48. Echú Baralayikú:
This Echú helps in the transfer of the dead when he walks with Babalú Ayé.
He also acts as a doorman for the fortune teller Orula. He lives at the entrance of the Ilé and causes mishaps and tragedies if he is not properly cared for.
49. Echú Baralanugbé:
It is a lonely and fearsome Echu that punishes with fire. Work with the dawn and with the stars (irawó).
50. Echú Barakikeño, Gúaga Barakikeño, Obarakikeño:
It has the appearance of a child, but with malicious and perfidious action.
51. Echú Ba Ti Eyé, Batiyé, Batleyé, Batietc:
The one that wins in any way until all the damages that exist are finished.
52. Echú Beddún Bela:
Invocation of Elegguá. It has two faces: one white and the other black, like day and night, good and evil.
53. Echú Beleké, Belenké, Bereké:
Naughty boy from Lukumí land, very skilled and excellent guardian.
He is the one who knows about herbs and natural remedies, is a liar and is very dangerous when he is jealous.
It should be kept in houses where there are children. Syncretize with the Child of Atocha and use a magical güiro (of the acinturados) as an amulet.
54. Echú Bi Biribí:
He is "the king of evils" and "the chief of the Jimaguas Ibeyis." He lives on the street corners. He is quarrelsome and evil and causes all kinds of accidents.
55. Eleguá Elufé:
It is the oldest representation of Elegguá. It is an old and the finest according to what they say.
With devotion and respect we must present ourselves before him; no dishonest acts or rudeness near his presence, because he is very
A puritan, he never had a wife, and his testicles drop until
56. Eshu Lode:
Considered the Eshú of the streets, he dresses in rags and walks the roads. He always goes in a little house outside Osha's house or on the side of a road.
He walks alongside his fellow warriors through the mountains, with Oggún the owner of iron and Oshosi the vigilante.
57. Eshú Igide:
He who opens the roads in the mountains. His moorings are the strongest, since he learned from Osain del monte everything related to herbs and their qualities and applies them to the decisions of people's lives.
58. Eshú Kaminalowá:
He is in charge of opening the roads for the dead and is Babalú Ayé's messenger in the face of diseases.
59. Eshú Akarajéu:
He was the one who helped the deceased Oyá to escape from Shangó after a violent argument between the couple. So it is said that he made Shangó swallow a ray that he was willing to send him. That's what his name means.
60. Elegguá Biawooná:
Image of Elegguá made of wood.
61. Echú Bibakikeño, Kikañaó:
Work with the fortune teller Orula and with Ochosi the vigilante. He wears a metallic arrow on his forehead (symbol of his union with Ifá).
62. Echú Chiguidí; Chugudú:
He is a jealous guardian, he is represented in a cone made of clay and decorated with cowries. This is the Echú of nightmares that is very vindictive.
Help protect riches and treasures, because when a place is under the protection of Chiguidí, he will kill anyone who tries to loot it.
He is also represented in a grotesque figure, with a broad chest and a small head.
63. Echú Chikua bu, Achikuagbú:
From land He heard. It represents the beginning of the world. It eats dogs and is called by the sound of a fish carved in wood and attached to a string to make it spin by beating it against the air.
64. Echú Chinkí:
It is the fastest Eleguá.
65. Echú Daguese:
It is represented in a cobo snail
66. Elegguá Eboríkeke:
For this avatar is a child Elegguá.
67. Echú Egbayilá:
The Orisha who saves. He is born in Okana-wori and has been carrying nine
kinds of metals, powerful sticks, natural elements and other ingredients like cascarilla.
68. Echú Elú, Eluama, Elúasama:
The one who hurts. It is very witchcraft. It is not washed in the omiero (spiritual herbal water) and is kept hiding it from view. It is looked at only when it is fed.
69. Elegguá Egbére Kikeño, Kinkeñe:
An Elegguá boy who likes to do evil things at night, while he wanders through the mountains. Egbé means whirlwind.
70. Echú Ekileyo:
He is wise and I guess. It comes from the kingdom of Oyó and reached the sacred land of Ifé. He is protector of people who seek knowledge.
71. Echú Eré:
This Eleguá is represented on a wooden or clay statuette. It has two faces.
72. Echú Echeniké Echeriké:
Go with Osaín del monte and smoke a hookah filled with aromatic herbs.
73. Echú Esi Iléñi:
He lives at the entrance of the Ilé (house) and takes care of it, stopping all the damages that may occur.
74. Echú Ewé:
This is the Echú de sabana, near the mount of Oggún. It's very old. The stone that represents it is very large.
75. Echú Guiriyelú:
He is the head of the world, the life of the peoples. It has güiro and is made with aroma stick.
Guiriyelú was the one who when the creator Olofi was giving rise to life, was guiding him through all the places where it was necessary to pour the blood of pigeons like ebbó to purify everything and make the earth, for which he was blessed.
76. Echú Imalé, Male:
It is an Echú that goes with Orunmila and showed him the palm tree that grows in the Orungán garden (the sun at twelve o'clock) and that gives the seeds or nuts to guess (Obi Kola).
With them the different oddun (signs) that are recited by the babalawos are obtained.
77. Echú Iná:
Orisha who works with the candle.
78. Echú lyelú, Yelú:
It is that of the Lukumí Arufá. He works with fire, with disease and to always do evil.
79. Echú Kakará:
Orisha that is prepared with a snail or seashell.
80. Echú Kakugbó:
He lives on the shores of the sea and works with the sand, speaks for the shells. It is also called Osú Kakugwó.
81. Echú Oló Kako Alagada:
He is known as the one who twists luck, he is very entangling.
82. Echú Ka Olaya, Koloya, Ilé-Olóya:
It is a protector of the squares or markets and of the merchants.
83. Eshu Aselu.
He works as a messenger for the older Orishas. He is considered a kind of young vigilant or guardian very attentive to the faults of the devotees, who must watch over their behavior and fulfill the commandments of Ifá.
84. Eshu Ijelú:
He is in charge of drums, music in general and the feelings that are manifested with them. He is fun, cheerful and friendly, partying and joyous.
85. Eshu Alalúbanse:
He is the gatekeeper to the doors that lead to life's opportunities. Owner of everything that is planned to be done.
86. Eshu Diki:
This path helps bring friends together.
For this reason, he is seen in social gatherings of all kinds and on his negative side he causes such meetings to end in scandals and fights that break these ties.
87. Eshu Dare:
Messenger so that it is possible to obtain the blessings sent by the Supreme God Oloddumáre.
88. Echu Keneno:
Of origin Aará. Work with Babalú Ayé the god of disease.
89. Echu Keti:
Aará, Work with Babalú Ayé.
90. Elegguá Kinkeyé:
Name of a child Elegguá.
91. Echú Kolofó:
The bad guy, the wicked Echú.
92. Echú La Boni:
Messenger of Ochún and spends the day with her. He is always attentive, listening to everything. Very talkative.
93. Echú Lawona:
The one who appears everywhere, whipping and striking.
94. Echu Luyi:
It is featured by a sea snail.
95. Echú Makenú:
Arára, companion of Echú Afra.
96. Echú Marimayé:
They say that it is one of the old roads of Elegguá that holds the key to the cemetery, where he resides as a doorman. Eat anything.
97. Echú Merin Ba Ayé, Merin La Aiyé:
Owner of the roads, he appears sculpted in the Até or Opón-Ifá, from where he watches over everything that happens in the world.
98. Echú Obá Keré, Obá Kekeré:
The youngest king. It is carved in wood.
99. Echú Obasin:
Oddudúa's partner in the foundation of Ifé. Assistant to the fortune teller Orunmila and connoisseur of the secrets of divination.
100. Echú Oádémasa, Oddémora:
Take action at the right time, whether for better or for worse. The same helps that it punishes.
101. Echú Oddé Mata:
This orisha resides outside the house, always walking through the forest and the savannah in the company of the vigilante and hunter Ochosi.
102. choose wara:
He is the eshú in charge of personal relationships, structures the family and the community in general. It is very associated with confusion.
103. Echu Odubele:
This is a double-faced Echú, who receives a double offering, front and back. It is carved from cedar wood and is dressed in a shirt that is red on one side and black on the other. In a suit he wears red pants, a hat and a doodle (guava stick).
104. Echu Oguani Lele Alaroye:
He is an adult orisha, very cunning and cruel. He is a wandering Echú who always hangs out with the owner of the iron Oggún, for whom he works. It can cause fights, accidents and catastrophes, it eats dog when it is hungry.
105: Echu Owani Legbe:
Ifá letter with which the Echú is named. The other 21 roads of Elegguá are concentrated in this Echú.
106. Echú Ogwiri Elú (Ogguiri):
Of Aará nation. He was raised by Ayágguna and is a witch, mysterious and mischievous.
107. Echú Okaddá:
He lives in garbage dumps and eats scraps. Some ebbós (cleaners) stop there when that road goes off.
108. Echú Okú Boro.
He's the one who kills fast, immediately. He is old and has power over life and death.
109. Choose Opinion:
It is this, the Eshú that establishes the limits of spaces, which can be simple habitations but also of territorial borders. It also deals with the spaces of the so-called IGBO or forests consecrated to the different orishas. Needless to say, the conflicts that it creates in the so-called limits.
110. Echú Okokoyé Biyé:
He is an adult and was born in Oyó but he grew up in other lands because his mother dumped him. This is one of the paths of which very little is known.
111. Echú Olankí (Olonki):
It is a child that accompaniesaña in their pranks to the Echú Akokorobiya and Osiká.
112: Echú Oní Boddé:
He is the doorman of the house and guardian of towns and cities. This Echu carries arrows and two keys. His figure is molded in cement or clay, full body, but seated. He has seventeen cowries on his head and another four to mark his eyes and ears.
113. Echú Onini Burukú:
It is bad and wicked. Known as the one who brings death.
114. Echú Osa Iká:
It receives the name of the Oddun of Ifá.
115. Echú Osiká:
A boy who likes to play with tops and balls, do mischief and smoke. Echu Akoko-robiya's partner.
116. Echu Sokere:
The one who talks on the mat.
117. Echú Osa Lo Fabeyo:
It receives the name of Oddu de Ifá. Eat pigeons.
118. Echú Yelú Lo Torun Boayé:
This came from heaven to be worshiped on earth
119. Eshu Ananaki:
The Eshu of sadness, depression, deserts and lonely places.
120: Eleggua Laye:
He is righteous and not very talkative, the latter is an unusual feature in Eleguá, he thinks very well every step. Live in a snail.
121. Eleguá Aye:
Work alongside Olokun, the orisha of the depths of the ocean.