These are my oil paintings and creative interpretations of the lwa, Papa Alegba. Legba is the lwa who allows connection from the spirit world to our physical world. He guards the gates to the spirit world and allows the lwa to pass over into our world! You must call on him to ask for the assistance of the lwa! Here I have him dressed in a red suit with a white neck scarf and cuffs. Red and white are Legba’s colors! He is smoking his pipe and holding a ring of keys, these keys symbolize his ability to open the gate to the spirit world. When Legba possesses someone, they need a cane or crutch to walk with. Because Legba often appears as an old man with sores all over his body. I have him here, standing upright with his walking cane. Although he appears old, he is a very powerful and strong lwa.
Honor be to Papa Alegba, he who opens the gate, the good spirit at the crossroads!