Elegua (yoruba: èṣù-ẹlẹ́gbára, additionally spelled eleggua; referred to as eleguá in latin america and spanish-speaking caribbean islands) is an orisha, a deity of roads within the religions of santería, umbanda, quimbanda, and candomblé.
He is syncretized with saint michael, saint anthony of padua, or holy toddler of atocha.
. Elegua is called èṣù-ẹlẹ́gbára within the yoruba faith and is carefully related to eshu.
Ẹlẹ́gbára means the “grasp of power” within the yoruba language. .
There is a patakí (story) in santería wherein olodumare offers eleguá the keys to the previous, current, and future; because of this, eleguá is commonly depicted holding a set of keys.
A determine of eleguá could also be positioned in the home behind the doorway door.