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Sacred number: 3
Sacred colors: blue and yellow, turquoise and yellow, red coral (not true red ever) turquoise and yellow
Auspicious week day: Thursday
Holiday: April 19
Symbols: bow and arrow and mirror
Domain: wealth, male beauty, adolescence, in-between phases of life, growth, or transformation, mist/fog, water interchanges, LGBT, intersex people, and crossdressers
Logun Ede, also known as Logun or Laro, is often referred to as the prince of the Orishas. He is the son of Oshun or Oxum and Oxossi/Ochossi or Inle/Erinle. He is venerated by practitioners of Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, and it is said, Vodun in Nigeria, though I have never personally seen this. It may be that in Africa, Logun Ede is given less specific attention outside of a few local observances, but still respected. In the north American diaspora, he is given lots of love and respect by practitioners in the LGBT community.
Depending where you are and who you ask, he is an androgyne or he is male but crossdresses for half of the year. It is pretty much agreed though, that the reason for this is that he lives between worlds, with his father half of the year, and his mother the other half of the year. So for half of the year, he lives and hunts on the river, and the other half of the year, he lives like a princess in the forest.
Because of the practical inconveniences of his situation, as well as his being neither male nor female, and according to the apatakis, his tendency to lose the women in his life to Shango (there’s a lesson in there), he has never known the love of a woman. So he is said to technically remain a virgin forever. The one who finally stuck by him in the end was Yewa, so they are very close and are said share a mutual disdain for Shango. Remember that the human relations issue is one thing, but the spiritual and nature side is another. Spiritually, and in nature overall, the Orishas all work in harmony.
The energy of Logun Ede is untouched, untested beauty. He does not walk. He floats. It is not that he does not do things that should get his hands dirty or wound him. It is that he is so beautiful, dirt is ashamed to stick to his skin, and even the most vicious predators are too enchanted to bear down on him with their teeth. They allow themselves to be stabbed, strangled, and trapped by him because he is just that good. In human incarnations, the Sun refuses to age him. Indeed, his children, those whose head is Logun Ede, have a strangely youthful look their entire lives. They die of old age eventually, but still beautiful, and often with very few or no gray hairs.
Because of his favor by all forces of Nature, and their willingness to do whatever it takes to make him comfortable, he has been associated by many with the Catholic Saint Expedite. So devotions to him are added to prayers and workings one wishes to work quickly.
Due to western religion and politics, the status of androgynes and people who prefer same sex relations has been in turmoil. From marriage discrimination to outright executions, the LGBT community has been under attack. When things get rough, Logun Ede is called upon as a warrior for justice both to help those in danger find safe passage and to punish those who would and do murder people over who they love.
Though many imposters in the African and diaspora communities are promoting the idea that homosexuality is somehow unnatural or sinful, this is blatantly false. Not only have many of our deities been gender variable (such as Obatala and Oya) and occasionally same sex espoused (such as Oshun and Aje Shaluga), but culturally, different nations have different ways of handling someone different in whatever way. Usually, the idea of "Gay" or "homosexual" was a non issue. People functioned according to whatever passages they went through and fit where they fit. One important human universal held since mankind first started farming and building civilizations, and that is that wherever it was important than women remained virgins before marriage, there was a solid presence of feminine men to handle masculine men's needs until they got a wife. There were also feminine men on call in situations where men had to be far from home to work or do military service. There were situations it was simply unsafe to bring a woman into, so feminine men were needed.
Some of the legendary description of Logun Ede alludes to the normality and even advantages they may have had. Their feet don't touch the ground...they can take sex and never get pregnant. Half the year a hunter and half a princess...having the physical strength of a man and yet the finesse and beauty of a woman. Mind you, I am not making hard assertions, just educated guesses based on the fact that people need to somehow survive, and the western or westernized morality based narrative not making any sense.
It is clear to anyone not operating on a westernized moral structure that androgynes are bridge people who prevent exploitation and perversion. The western mind has less of a problem with non consensual sex than with homosexual sex. The African mind would see rape as an abomination and any consensual relations as nobody's business but the people doing it. Even slavery meant something different to Africans than it did to westerners. So of course the westernized person tries to make a thought or desire for completely consensual relations somehow a worse crime than songs that glorify exploitation (pumping and dumping or pimping) of women. In essence, the westerner wants women to function as if we were men who can't get pregnant and have stronger immunity to disease, but it's the presence of a penis that makes the difference as to whether it is moral or immoral. Heh.
When people say, "Gay did not exist in Africa before colonialism," what they mean is that the role of androgynes, feminine men, and masculine women in society was taken for granted. They were too exceptional to be worried over as a threat, and where they did show up, they were either useful or dead. So it wasn't that big a deal.
Some people today make it a big deal though. They waste lives and resources thought policing and trying to regulate consenting adults' sexuality. So when you need an Orisha to knock some sense into those haters, call Logun Ede.
Acceptable food offerings for Logun ede include:
Black eyed peas with corn on the side, and four eggs cut into quarters, garnished with coconut strips (Click here for a recipe.)
Cooked kernel corn or cooked corn sprinkled with coconut flakes.Cornbread with coconut water or coconut cream instead of milk, coconut flakes to fluff it, and coconut oil instead of butter.
Like his mother, he also enjoys sweets, though he likes things made with corn and coconut, so he would appreciate very much the coconut candies such as coconut rolls or Mounds.
It is not official, but I have had good response from giving him coconut cream pie, pecan pie, frosted flakes, and various desserts and sweets including cornflakes.
If you can find things made of blue corn, try to work those into your offerings too.
You will need:
On its birthday, give more offerings to the tune of a birthday. At least give a small cupcake with a blue candle.
Blessings and Ase!
© 1997 Sis. Nicole Lasher and respective guest authors.