Who is Eshu?

Eshu is an Orisha, of the group of the Orisha Oddé (warriors). He governs the manifestations of the malevolent. For the good to manifest, it's neccesary to know the evil and the ways to evade it. He is the one who is always making traps and deceives the Orishas and men in the different legend or patakines. He means the misfortunes that happen in our lives when we are not in syntony or balance with which surrounds us. Eshu is of exclusive power of the Babalawos, they load it and give it, Eshu is not crowned. According to ifa it has 201 ways or paths. The Babalawos consecrates it with diverse elements of the nature. It does not speak by the Dilogún and it does not go to itá. It works directly with Orunla; he is the one that takes ebbó and gives account of the offerings. Most of the Oshas and Orishas are accompanied by a specific Eshu. In addition, all the Odun of Ifá has their particular Eshu. Eshu as adoration object is made by the Awó of Orunmila.

The Eshu-Eleggua combination represents the constant bond between the positive and the negative, so that all change demands a crisis and there is no calm without calmness. When a home is protected denotes the presence of Elegua and when there there are problems it is that Eshu has entered. The western culture confused Eshu with the Devil, but that's not correct, in any case it could be confused with the Devil that tempted Jesus; Eshu, the trickster, but in nothing else it is resembled, since its objective is to provoke chaos so that measures to obtain the balance
are taken .

Family of Eshu:

Eshu is the first particle of life created by Olorun. It is indicated that their 201 ways are children of Orunmila.

Paths of Eshu:

  • Eshu Abalonke.
  • Eshu Abainukue [Abanulue].
  • Eshu Abarikoko [Aberekoko].
  • Eshu Aberu.
  • Eshu Aboni.
  • Eshu Adawa.
  • Eshu Afradi.
  • Eshu Aganika.
  • Eshu Agbadé.
  • Eshu Agbalonké.
  • Eshu Agbanile.
  • Eshu Agbobamaleki [Agbobara Meleki].
  • Eshu Agongo Olo Onya.
  • Eshu Agongo Ogo.
  • Eshu Agogo [Agoto].
  • Eshu Agomeyo.
  • Eshu Agororó [Agoggoro].
  • Eshu Agroiele [Agroi].
  • Eshu Aiyede.
  • Eshu Akarajéu.
  • Eshu Akanadrede.
  • Eshu Akere [Aguere].
  • Eshu Akerebioke [Arerebieke].
  • Eshu Akokolebiye [Akokoleriyu] [Akokoriye].
  • Eshu Alagbóna [Alagbana] [Alagbawana].
  • Eshu Alaloilu [Alalombe].
  • Eshu Alakétu.
  • Eshu Alawana.
  • Eshu Alayikí.
  • Eshu Aletán.
  • Eshu Alimu.
  • Eshu Aloba.
  • Eshu Aloma.
  • Eshu Aluasamá.
  • Eshu Alufama.
  • Eshu Añaki Olokun.
  • Eshu Arailele [Araelele].
  • Eshu Araidi.
  • Eshu Arayeyi.
  • Eshu Arinika [Arimika].
  • Eshu Aroni.
  • Eshu Aropiu [Aropin].
  • Eshu Aruda [Arugda].
  • Eshu Arufin.
  • Eshu Aselu.
  • Eshu Ashikuelu.
  • Eshu Atulú [Atutu].
  • Eshu Awaloboma [Alawabona].
  • Eshu Awere.
  • Eshu Ayentelú [Ajetola].
  • Eshu Ayeru.
  • Eshu Ayé.
  • Eshu Barabé [Baragbo].
  • Eshu Baradage.
  • Eshu Baragargaluo [Baragadano].
  • Eshu Baraiye.
  • Eshu Baralanube [Saralanube].
  • Eshu Baralajiki.
  • Eshu Baralasikú.
  • Eshu Baralona.
  • Eshu Baraña [Baraiña].
  • Eshu Barañiki.
  • Eshu Bariño [Baraiño]
  • Eshu Barokeño [Barakeño] [Bara Kinkeño].
  • Eshu Batioye [Batieye] [Batiye].
  • Eshu Belón.
  • Eshu Beleke.
  • Eshu Bí.
  • Eshu Birí.
  • Eshu Biribí.
  • Eshu Bikuyin.
  • Eshu Bode [Bogde].
  • Eshu Borokú.
  • Eshu Bragada.
  • Eshu Dare.
  • Eshu Of.
  • Eshu Diki [Deke].
  • Eshu Ebelukeño [Abelugueño].
  • Eshu Edugbele.
  • Eshu Ekileyo.
  • Eshu Ekuboro.
  • Eshu Elegbara.
  • Eshu Eluasama.
  • Eshu Emere.
  • Eshu Esherike.
  • Eshu Ewé.
  • Eshu Griyelú.
  • Eshu Gberú.
  • Eshu Ibamalá [Imbalá].
  • Eshu Iboribueno [Iborikeño].
  • Eshu Idena.
  • Eshu Igidé.
  • Eshu Ileloya.
  • Eshu Ijelú.
  • Eshu Iña.
  • Eshu Janadá.
  • Eshu Jano.
  • Eshu Kakesa.
  • Eshu Kaminalowá.
  • Eshu Kawanilele Orun [Mawanitele Okun].
  • Eshu Kekunyelede [Yekun Yeledi].
  • Eshu Keneno [Kekeno].
  • Eshu Koima Koima [Koiña Koiña].
  • Eshu Kolofó.
  • Eshu Kotero.
  • Eshu Laboni.
  • Eshu Lalu [Lala].
  • Eshu Laluokirioko [Laluokikiokoko].
  • Eshu Lameta [Lamota].
  • Eshu Lamulamubata.
  • Eshu Laribere [Layibora].
  • Eshu Laroke [Larowe].
  • Eshu Laroye.
  • Eshu Lashe.
  • Eshu Layé.
  • Eshu Mud [Londelo].
  • Eshu Lodé.
  • Eshu Lolu.
  • Eshu Malé.
  • Eshu Marara [Karara].
  • Eshu Marimaiyé.
  • Eshu Masankio.
  • Eshu Meko [Mako].
  • Eshu Morilaye [Merilaye].
  • Eshu Ná.
  • Eshu Nanke.
  • Eshu Nor Bakuo.
  • Eshu Nikiniki [Miwi Miwi].
  • Eshu Obakokero [Obakekero].
  • Eshu Obaniwana [Obanijuana].
  • Eshu Obarakaketu [Abara Lakentu].
  • Eshu Obasin Layé [Abasinlaye].
  • Eshu Obayila [Abatila].
  • Eshu Oddara.
  • Eshu Oddemasa [Oddemora].
  • Eshu Ofún Meyiyí.
  • Eshu Ogunilobe [Ogunnilewo].
  • Eshu Ojuani Lelé Alaroye.
  • Eshu Okán.
  • Eshu Okokoyebiye [Akokoyebiye].
  • Eshu Okuanda [Okuando] [Okuande].
  • Eshu Okuboro [Akuoro].
  • Eshu Olanki.
  • Eshu Onibarakeña [Onibara Kena].
  • Eshu Oniburu [Onibure].
  • Eshu Oni Oshosi.
  • Eshu Onini Buruku.
  • Eshu Oroigi [Oroiki].
  • Eshu Osiká.
  • Eshu Osukakugbo [Osakakungmo].
  • Eshu Owó.
  • Eshu Shiguide.
  • Eshu Sokere.
  • Eshu Soko Yoki.
  • Eshu Suayu.
  • Eshu Tolabí.
  • Eshu Unyolo [Ungolo].
  • Eshu Wanloke [Awanloke].
  • Eshu Wonke.
  • Eshu Yangi.
  • Eshu Yelu.
Patakies de Eshu:

Orunla and its wife wished so much to have a son and went to see Obbatalá to request him this. Obbatalá that was pawned on molding the first man with clay, explained to them that they must have patience. But the marriage insisted. Orunla even proposed to take the figure he was doing.

Obbatalá acceded and it explained to them that they had to put the hands on the figure during twelve months. The pair therefore did it and when the indicated term was fulfilled their son summoned up life. They called him Eshu. It was born speaking and with such a voracity that began to eat everything what found to its step.

A morning in which as usual Orunla consulted his oracle, this indicated him that he had to be all day with the machete in the hand. Eshu, who already had eaten all the animals, the plants and even stones, penetrated in the house of its parents with the intention of eat them.

When he saw his armed father with the machete he tried to flee but he could not, Orunmila persecuted him by all the house cutting him with his machete, and of each piece was born a new Eshu. A new two hundred Eshu ran by the house, until the first one, tired proposed a treatment to his upset father: “Each one of my parts will be a son for you and you will be able to consult them in adivination when you wish.”

The wise Orunmila agreed, but answered that Eshu must give back everything that have eaten.

Eshu vomited everything what had in its stomach and the things returned to occupy their place.