Loa: Legba

LEGBA

The sun god and intermediary between the gods and humanity.

Other names:

  • Atibon Legba, Alegba, Legba Sanyan, Legba Zankliyan, Legba Mizè ba, Papa Legba.

Patronage:

  • Legba is the loa of all gates and crossroads.

Offerings:

  • During his celebration, either a goat or a grey rooster, with yam and other roots vegetables are prepared for him as offerings, put inside the djakout, then hung on trees.
  • His ceremonial colour is Yellow.

Veve:

Legba

Mythology:

When one says the word Vodou, the first spirit that comes to mind is Legba. Legba is undoubtedly the most important spirits in the hierarchy of Vodou; he is the guardian of the gates, crossroads, courtyards and all Vodou temples (Peristil). He is the necessary intermediary between the livings and the spiritual world, his powers are absolutely a must for any kind of interaction with the Loas. No Vodou ceremony of any sort can take place without his permission. Because of this important privilege Legba is always the first invoked in all Vodou ceremony.

 Although his possession are extremely violent, his caring nature and politeness earned him the affectionate nickname “Papa Legba” He is a small, crooked lovable old man, his body covered with sores and his crutch or cane is always presented to him for support , old age prevents him from standing on his own. He wears a straw hat and carries his djakout (straw bag) full with rare herbs and plants that he uses and, his favorite drink clairin.

If you are a non initiate, you MUST acknowledge Legba and ask for his permission and guidance when addressing other Loa(s), by lighting a yellow candle and place it at the entrance of the door.

 


References:

THE TOP ELEVEN DEITIES IN VOODOO MYTHOLOGY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_Legba

http://www.hougansydney.com/voodoo-spirits/legba

Leah Gordon (1985), The Book of Vodou

 


Questions?

What is a Veve?

Veve (spelled Vèvè or Vevè) is a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of voodoo throughout the African diaspora such as Voodoo and is different than the petipembas used in Palo or ponto riscados used in Quimbanda since they are all separate African religions. It acts as a “beacon” for the Loa, and will serve as a loa’s representation during rituals.