“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.