Papa Legba by Crowmanic

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“He was free to dance alone where the spirits run
His almond eyes would twinkle on a hundred sons
His champagne toast and white meat on a spit
Papa Legba’s drunken with a smile upon his lips”

~ verse from the song Hey Papa Legba by Elton John (1982)

Papa Legba is the master linguist, the trickster, warrior, and the personal messenger of destiny. In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the intermediary between the loa (the spirits of the Voodoo religion practiced in Haiti, and other parts of the world) and humanity. Papa Legba stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee (spirit world), and is believed to speak all human languages. Papa Legba is always the first and last spirit invoked in any ceremony, because his permission is needed for any communication between mortals and the loa — he opens and closes the doorway. … in Benin and Nigeria, Papa Legba is viewed as young and virile, is often horned and phallic, and his shrine is usually located at the gate of the village in the countryside. …"

~ This piece includes 3 photographs, the model (3d) and brushes, filters, and extensive processing in Photoshop. As with most of my work, the detail and overall result can only be appreciated in a much larger size than that available here on RB.


  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 5 years ago

    wonderful imagry and informative text…thnx for sharig!

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 5 years ago

  • Thank you for this Feature.

    – Crowmanic

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 5 years ago

    Awesome image and write up. Well done and congrats on the feature.

  • Deborah McGrath
    Deborah McGrathover 5 years ago

    wonderful image.

  • Thanks Deborah … I’m thinking it might not appeal to the fundamental conservatives around here… but no matter.

    – Crowmanic

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    Congratulations you’ve been featured in Parallel Dimensions group :) xx

  • Thanks RR… the Feature is sincerely appreciated.

    – Crowmanic

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 5 years ago

    Nice work!! . . . Great story too!! . . .

  • Igor Giamoniano
    Igor Giamonianoover 5 years ago

    Save Legba on Voodo Save Exu on kimbanda!

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 5 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Thanks Francis, and the Inspired Art Group.

    – Crowmanic

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