Papa Legba

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Papa Legba
VeveLegba.svg
Veve of Papa Legba
Venerated inVoodoo, Folk Catholicism
FeastJanuary 14th

Papa Legba is a loa in Voodoo, who serves as the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee.

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He usually appears as an old man with a cane. In Benin, Nigeria and Togo Legba is viewed as young and trickster deity.[1]

In popular culture[change | change source]

Loa Erzulie, Damballa, Baron Samedi and Papa Legba, all appear in the WildCats original comic series. They also appear in Terry Pratchett's book Witches Abroad (1991).[2]

The character Galeb from Tales of Monkey Island was based on Papa Legba.[3]

In 2017, Bruno Blum released a song named "Papa Legba".[4]

In the 2017 novel American Street by Ibi Zoboi, PaPa Legba appears in Detroit, Michigan, often near the corner of American Street and Joy Road.[5]

In 2018, Papa Legba (Lance Reddick) briefly returns in the eighth season of American Horror Story.

In the 2020 novel Our Wild Sex in Malindi by Andrei Gusev, Papa Legba and other popular Loa together with the adepts of Voodoo are depicted in Malindi, Kenya.[6][7][8]

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  1. Herskovits, Melville J. and Frances S. "Dahomean Narrative: A Cross-Cultural Analysis." Northwestern University Press (1958), p 35.
  2. "Legba on L-Space DiscWorld wiki". Archived from the original on 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  3. "The Tales of Monkey Island Blog". Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  4. "Papa Legba" Archived 2020-11-15 at the Wayback Machine, Bruno Blum.
  5. "AMERICAN STREET". Ibi Zoboi. 2016-05-28. Archived from the original on 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  6. Review of "Our Wild Sex in Malindi" Archived 2020-08-04 at the Wayback Machine — on the site of public fund "Union of writers of Moscow", 2020
  7. Andrei Gusev “Our Wild Sex in Malindi”, 2020 (in Russian). Archived 2020-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Andrei Gusev «Наш жёсткий секс в Малинди» Archived 2020-06-09 at the Wayback Machine — in Lady’s Club (in Russian)