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The dance of Elegguá, the naughty dance

Elegguá dance

Afro-Cuban Dances are today an example of the connection of the roots of Africa and Cuba, the dances that accompanyañaThe religious rites of these African cultures are a sign of transculturation, and of the heritage of Cuban culture in general.

Afro-Cuban dances reflect the honor of the gods of the Yoruba pantheon, imitating their physical characteristics, their way of moving and their qualities and tastes, all seasoned with a thrilling rhythm of drums and other instruments.

El dance of Eleggua, shows devotion to the saint and imitates his mischievous and cheerful character. Also the protective side of the deity is reflected in the dance.

The dance of the lord of the roads

In the Elegguá dance, the movements resemble clearing and covering the roads in the mountains, aided by a “doodle”, or a stick-shaped branch that is used to separate the herbs.

Eleggua, runs and gets behind the door. He jumps and twists, making childish faces and playing like children.

However, some of his movements can be very erotic, in the facet of a mischievous and mocking god.

The Elegguá dance and Yoruba magic

When Elegguá dance, he will make jokes to the audience and can disappear from sight to appear at the least expected moment. And so is the Orisha who is so associated with luck.

The dancers who dedicate their dance to him imitate him in their dress, with red and black shorts and colors and in their happy and fast movements. The dancers can dance individually or in groups against the hands of the clock.

One of the characteristic steps when performing the Elegguá dance, is to stand on one foot and turn quickly.

And it should always be accompaniedañar the dance with a scribble or cane, which is used to mimic opening a path through thick vegetation.

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