I love doing services for Ogoun he gets me energized and pumped up! Feels like I drank a few cans of Red Bull when he’s around, he truly can bless you with a boost of your own personal power! I give Ogoun fresh Mangoes and Red Apples, I purchase the Braeburn if the store is out of Red Rome Apples. Of course a nice bottle of Rum for him, but he also drinks Whiskey!
This photo shows some of the offerings I have for Papa Alegba. His walking cane, a nice clay pipe, a bottle of Rum, and sweets! Legba likes Coconut, I often give him fresh Coconuts, cracked open and ready to eat, or I give them to him in candies. I have Coconut flavored M&M’s and some yummy Mounds treats. Legba also likes Cigars, I always try to get him the nice Cigars. I light red and white candles for him, his lovely ceremonial colors! In New Orleans style Vodou, Papa is known to enjoy a big heaping helping of Red Beans and Rice, so of course I often cook up some Zatarain’s for him!
Papa Alegba also takes a nice glass or bottle of Red Wine as an offering and he is fond of bright Copper pennies. I alternate between wine and rum drinks for Legba.
Papa Alegba likes bright, shiny, copper pennies and you can leave them out at the crossroads for him, or keep them on your altar.
Papa Alegba is given traditional offerings in Vodou, but he is known to enjoy candies, sweets, and Coconut. I often bake cupcakes and soak them in rum, topped off with creamy frosting and Coconut sprinkles!
In Haitian vodou, a black Creole pig is the traditional animal sacrifice for Erzulie Dantor. I am not able to perform animal sacrifice for Dantor, but I do cook some Pork and give her a bottle of Creme De Cacao!
Here I have a nice Silver chain and matching ring for Erzulie Dantor upon the space I’ve dedicated to her. She loves silver jewelries and also adores the sweet smelling Rev D’ Or parfum.
I often cook and create meals and share them with Papa Alegba! No, he may not materialize, pop up, and start eating all the food I cook, LOL. But an offering is a symbol of gratitude, appreciation, love, and I know Legba loves my cooking and the treats I give him. It is one of the many everyday interactions I have with my met tet. With me from birth to death, my guardian, my rock, I will always give him my best! This photo above is a package of Buckwheat Kernels from Russia, it is a delicious international dish that is simple to cook, just like rice. My Lubov (my love, I call my husband that) comes from that old snowy country, and he taught me how to cook this dish among others I’ve learned from him. When we make it, I always save a nice heaping helping for Papa Legba!
Buckwheat is a healthy and tasty meal, it cooks easily like brown rice and it has a nutty and crisp flavor. My lubov grew up eating this, a popular everyday meal in the CCCP.
Papa Alegba is an old, wise and powerful lwa but he is also youthful and he is said to enjoy the things of children. He is playful, loves to have fun and play tricks on people but not to cause harm to anynone. Small toys and playthings for Legba can be found on altars for him everywhere. I keep a little collection of toys for Legba near my altar for him. I have a Cute little Cheburashka doll for Legba, that I bought while visiting friends in Brighton Beach New York, an international toy that comes from Russia. Cheburashka is like the Hello Kitty of his country, a gremlin whose famous sidekick is Krokodil Gena, that follows him everywhere. I keep teddy bears and stuffed animals as well for Legba. Light and fluffy things that bring back youthful and childlike times for him as well as I. It is always nice to keep your youth even when you grow old and gray. Papa Alegba loves to be given books as offerings, I have coloring books I keep for him and when we have “playtime” I lay out all the good crayola sets I have and we color, lol!
When I first started learning to speak a little russian, my Lubov taught me how to sing the Cheburashka theme song, Galyboy Vagon, “Blue Wagon.” It Is an adorable song for the cartoon and it talks about how Cheburashka came to be known and how he was given his name. I have not yet become completely fluent in Russian language and proper grammar with the Cyrillic alphabet. But I have started with this song and at least I can sing it! LOL! I collect Cheburashka items myself, my Lubov got me hooked on him. But I have a special collection I dedicated to Papa Alegba along with the other toys for him. In the photo above Cheburashka is holding a star with the word “Dog” in Cyrillic letters. I thought it would be perfect for Legba since Canines are sacred to him.