The Old Man at the Crossroads Bringer of Opportunity
Papa Legba, Haiti’s spirit of the crossroads, is a tattered old man dressed in rags. Where Ellegua and Exú dance suggestively, Legba leans on his cane and limps down la gran chemin
, the eternal road that is the sun’s daily arc and the pathway between the mortal and divine worlds. Vodouisants sing of him "limping along” and of his “old, old bones.”
But though Legba may appear to be a feeble old man, Vodouisants believe that none of the lwa can “come down” to this world without his...