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(Spirit)PAPA LEGBA

Also Known As LEGBA, LEGBA ATI-BON
Loa of : Crossroads
Religion : Haitian Voodou
Persuasion : Rada

God of the crossroads and daytime keeper of the gate to Guinee. He's one of the old Dahomey originals.

A straw hat wearing spindly old man, leaning on a crutch with his pet dog in tow, Papa Legba has more wallop than his appearance would suggest.

You can't just go barging into the spirit world, you have to ask Legba first. He holds the keys to the gate that seperates this world from the otherworld and if he isn't the first invoked and pampered with offerings at the start of every ceremony nothing is getting in or out.

You don't have to go mad with extravagent offerings though. He isn't big on sacrifice or loud shindigs, preferring the simple things like a cup of strong coffee and maybe some peanuts. He is particularly fond of smoking his pipe, so a little tobacco would go down a treat.

He has quite a sunny disposition which is no suprise as he's the God of daytime but when the sun sets he hands the keys over to Mait-Carrefour, the moon God, who is everything Legba isn't.
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'Papa Legba' - Caribbean entry - 02 Feb. 2008
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