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Papa Legba

Vodou Lwa and His Veve

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Papa Legba Vodou veve
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Legba is the gatekeeper to the spirit world, known as Vilokan. Rituals begin with a prayer to Legba to open those gates so that participants can gain access to the other lwas. The veves of these other lwas are often drawn intersecting the branches of Legba's veve to represent this.

Legba is also strongly associated with the sun and is seen as a life-giver, transferring the power of Bondye to the material world and all that lives within it. This further strengthens his role as the bridge between realms.

His association with creation, generation and life makes him a common lwa to approach with matters of sex, and his position as a conduit of Bondye's will makes him a lwa of order and destiny.

Finally, Legba is a lwa of the crossroads, and offerings are often made there for him. His symbol is the cross, which also symbolizes the intersection of material and spiritual worlds.

Other names:Legba is often affectionately referred to as Papa Legba.
Lwa Family: Rada
Gender: Male
Associated Catholic Saint: St. Peter, who holds the keys to the gate of heaven
Holiday: November 1, All Saints Day
Offerings:Roosters
Appearance:An old man who walks with a cane. He carries a sack on a strap across one shoulder from which he dispenses dentiny.

Alternate Personality: Legba's Petro form is Met Kafou Legba. He represents destruction rather than creation and is a trickster who introduces chaos and disruption. He is associated with the moon and night.

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