Logun Edé he is the only Orisha who has no qualities. That’s because he turns into whatever he wants and since he carries three different energies: his, Oxum and Oxóssi. It is the result of the enchantment of Oxum and Oxóssi, which were founded and mixed as a mystery of creation. Want to know more about this powerful Orisha? So, check out more of their story!
Logun Edé’s story
Logun Edé is considered “Lord of Fisheries” and Orixá of the rivers, being simultaneously fisherman and hunter. This knowledge and mastery of nature were learned from his parents, as he lives six months hunting with his father Oxóssi and six months in fresh water with his mother, Oxum. In religious syncretism, he is related to Santo Expedito and is honored on April 19th.
The most popular features of Orixá Logun Edé
The characteristics of the parents are very present in the energies of the Orisha. Her joy and expansion are the heritage of Oxóssi, just as grace and gentleness are remnants of Oxum, which gives her the axes of sexuality, motherhood, prosperity and research. Meanwhile, his father transfers the axés of knowledge, hunting, skill and abundance to him.
During the period in which he accompanied Oxóssi in the woods, he learned the craft of hunting, being quite agile with the work. In the other six months he spends with his mother in the rivers, the fisherman’s techniques were developed at the same time that Oshun’s feminine characteristics were absorbed by him.
This way of living and uniting the masculine of Oxóssi with the feminine of Oxum can be a reason for confusion and make us believe that the Orisha has two sexes. However, Logun Edé is a male Orisha and his duality only happens on a behavioral level.
The tributes to the Orixá are made on Thursday, the main colors that accompany it are turquoise blue and yellow-gold and the greeting of Logun Edé is the expression: “Logun ô akofá!!! Loci Loci Logum!!”.
Syncretism of Logun Edé with Santo Expedito
Saint Expeditus is believed to have been a Christian martyred in the 4th century in Melitene, Armenia. Little is known about his life, death and burial, some researchers even question whether he really existed or is it just a religious legend. A folklore was created in face of this mystery of Santo Expedito, making it today a reason for devotion in several countries, being considered the saint of urgent causes.
As far as is known, Santo Expedito was a military man and, when touched by the grace of God, he decided to change his life. When this happened, a crow appeared to him representing the evil spirit and uttering sounds that meant “Put it off for tomorrow! Take your time! Postpone your conversion!” So the saint crushed and trampled on the crow, refusing to put off doing what he believed.
Expedito was killed for having given up his military career to follow Jesus Christ, becoming a martyr of the Catholic Church and being officially recognized as a saint. He was a man who showed bravery in the face of the sufferings he faced as a result of faith. In this way, he was an example to most soldiers who remained firm in their faith convictions. His example moved the faithful, making him the saint of urgent causes.
Invoked in cases that require an immediate solution and in urgent situations, where any delay can cause enormous damage to those involved, Santo Expedito never postpones its work until tomorrow. He is known to answer on the same day or even at the time his help is requested. On the other hand, in response, he hopes that the conversion of the one who asked for help will not be postponed until the next day.
The similarities between Logun Edé and Santo Expedito
There is no definitive explanation for the reason for the syncretism between Santo Expedito and Logun Edé. However, the most common justification is the one that believes that the relationship between the Orixá and the Saint lies in the fact that the Saint is always represented holding two objects (a cross and a palm branch), as well as Logun Éde, who usually holds a mirror and a bow and arrow.
In addition to the similarity between both carrying different objects, this duality in the choice of representation of the Saint is related to the duality of the Orixá, who at a given moment is with his mother and, at other times, he spends with his father.
There is yet another characteristic that relates the Umbanda Orixá to the Catholic tradition: the fact that Logun Edé completes the Yoruba triangle “father, mother and son”, which is repeated in the Catholic trilogy “Father, Sons and Holy Spirit”.
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