ESHU ELEGUA; SANTERIA

ESHU ELEGUA; SANTERIA

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Elegua is the opener of the doors; the messenger of the gods; he is a great diviner who does not need an oracle to see the future. He owns the keys to doors, and to evil as well as to good; he seems to take pleasure in creating compromising situations and trouble between human beings; he can be equally cruel and generous; he is the unexpected, treacherous and dangerous and capricious like fate itself; he is the great justice wielder and though he may seem at times a master of deceit and the bringer of misfortune, his actions are always justified because he alone knows the true meaning of justice and sees things which are hidden from humanity, as well as from the other Orishas. In other words, Elegua can be equally identified with both fate & justice. It is said of this Orisha that he's the lowerst & the highest, a prince & a pauper who is equally at ease in a palace and a garbage dump, where he often feasts. With Oya, he rules over the fourwinds. He is a great healer & a master magician. His spells & amulets are all powerful & impossible to destroy.