In what order should I put on my elekes?

Traditions vary, but in every one I know of, one should generally don their Eshu/Elegua eleke first if they are wearing them for ritual purposes.  Even this is not a hard rule though.  In some traditions, people wear a simpler string of white beads or pearls to represent all Orishas. It is best to follow whatever the traditions of your ile or community are.  If you are a solitary practitioner, simply do divination to find out …

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Vodun FAQ: Elekes, Ilekes, Collares, Pearls, Necklaces

What is an eleke? An eleke is basically a string of beads.  It can be in the form of a necklace, a bracelet, an anklet, a kneelet, an armlet, waist beads or breast beads.  In the context of Vodun and derivative systems, it is a string of beads that represents Vodun itself or a Spirit or Deity within or syncretized with the system.  They can be dedicated to one or multiple Spirits, including one’s ancestors. …

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