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Crown for Elegguá

Catalog Number: B051


2.11" x 2.00" x 2.57"

53.49 mm x 50.79 mm x 65.17 mm

Religion and Denomination: Ocha (Cuba, Yoruba)
Transatlantic Family of Religion: Orisha
Country of Origin: United States
Ethnographic Origin: Cuban (Caribbean)
Materials: Plastic
Usage: Ritual (non-yet-used)
Detailed Description of Significance:

This crown is for the orisha Elegguá. His sacred number is 3, and his sacred colors are black and red. The decorations on this crown match his color scheme and form a pattern.  The main motif, which centers on a cowry shell, is repeated three times. Elegguá is the orisha of the crossroads. He is the messenger of the gods, and no one can speak to the gods unless he has received his part of the offering and therefore given his approval.