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Eshu

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Hi there guys! there goes a image done a couple of years ago for a book series. This time the Orisha/Yoruba god of paths: Eshu.

PSCS/bamboo/6hours/music: Demon's Crest - Beyond the Colosseum
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Èṣù (other names include Exu, Eshu Eleggua, Esu Elegbara, Eshu Elegbara, Elegba, Legba, Papa Legba and Eleda) is both an orisha and one of the most well-known deities of the Yoruba mythology and its related New World traditions.

He has a wide range of responsibilities: the protector of travelers, deity of roads, particularly crossroads, the deity with the power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death, a psychopomp. Èṣù is involved within the Orisa (also spelt Orisha or Orixa)-Ifá system of the Yoruba as well as in African diasporic faiths like Santería/Lukumi and Candomblé developed by the descendants of enslaved West Africans in the Americas, where Èṣù was and is still sometimes identified with Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Michael or Santo Niño de Atocha, depending on the situation or location. He is often identified by the number three, and the colours red & black or white & black, and his caminos or paths (Avatar) are often represented carrying a cane or shepherd's crook, as well as smoking a pipe.

Èṣù is a spirit of Chaos and Trickery, and plays frequently by leading mortals to temptation and possible tribulation in the hopes that the experience will lead ultimately to their maturation. In this way he is certainly a difficult teacher, but in the end is usually found to be a good one. As an example of this, let us look at one of his patakis or stories of the faith. Èṣù was walking down a road one day, wearing a hat that was red on one side and black on the other. Sometime after he entered a village which the road went through, the villagers who had seen him began arguing about whether the stranger's hat was black or red. The villagers on one side of the road had only been capable of seeing the black side, and the villagers on the other side had only been capable of seeing the red one. They soon came to blows over the disagreement which caused him to turn back and rebuke them, revealing to them how one's perspective can be as correct as another person's even when they appear to be diametrically opposed to each other. He then left them with a stern warning about how closed-mindedness can cause one to be made a fool. In other versions of this tale, the two halves of the village were not stopped short of extreme violence; they actually annihilated each other, and Èṣù laughed at the result, saying "Bringing strife is my greatest joy".

In Brazil, the female counterpart of Exus are called Pomba Gira. Èṣùs are constantly related to Hermes/Mercury for their heraldic function.
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HammerinInkminer's avatar
...excellent work in these images and deviations.
Huras's avatar
The famous Exu Caveira.
berserktravis's avatar
Your style is perfect
nodws's avatar
-*Eshu*
- salud!
:v
Pengine's avatar
I remember studying about Esu when I was in high school in Lagos. Your imagery makes the stories I heard that much more vivid.
O-five's avatar
Pure epicness!
MikhaelOzzy's avatar
<font><font class="">Épico! Sua arte é mais que genial! Você já fez uma sobre Devil May Cry? Deveria tentar! =]</font></font>
SadSoul2013's avatar
Your drawings are awesome!!!What about a League of Legends Remastered Master Yi???
retroafro1's avatar
looks like dhalsim
Shango9696's avatar
This is cool! I wish you could do one of the Orisha Shango. That would be too cool
fagnaroto's avatar
exu tem forma humana e nao este demonio,pombagira sao como ciganas
faça do ogum,iemanja,oxum,iansã,xango e nãnã boruke
parabéns pela arte
Fan01's avatar
Such a lesson/trick is something Loki would do too. The Coyote from native American Mythology too.

Now I want to see Coyote, Loki, and Hermes go on a road trip together.
Bastardian's avatar
cuando vi la miniatura me acorde de majin boo xd esta la raja
Doominical's avatar
excelente el tema musical
Blacktodasoul's avatar
Awesome rendition can't wait to see
kiffmann's avatar
Laroiê Esu! Orisha of Movement and Comunication!

Here in Brazil is the most popular God!
papalabas's avatar
Lug of the Celts and Loki/Odin of the Vikining are also Tricksters with some very resembling Myths.
papalabas's avatar
My Avatar. LOL
Tyranous-King's avatar
Eshu is so cool that story made me laugh
PhantomHourglass's avatar
Interesting, I like these.
Horgue's avatar
mas yoruba!!!! Esta muy currao.
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