Yesterday, my witchy friend wanted to go around the Santeria shops in Santa Cruz as she was looking for some books and statues for her altar – I was too busy to go with her, but I gave her some money to purchase an Ekeko for me, a statue I’ve wanted to have for a long, long time – and she came back with this very handsome one :).
The Ekeko is the Tiwanaku/Tihuanaco (Bolivia) fertility god and the abundance god of Peru – a smiling man, wearing the traditional Peruvian poncho and hat, loaded with all kinds of stuff that are supposed to represent a person’s needs. His mouth is open so you can put a cigarrette on it and light it for Him, as tobacco is his favourite offering – though rum, tequila, sweets and other foods are offered to Him too. He is a protective, generous spirit and a wonderful business protection, so I made Him the centre figure of our new Wealth altar, which will be adorned more properly in the next days. Last night we only had time to set this for Him and welcome Him into our family.
I first met Ekeko many years ago, through a friend who was a Venezuelan Santeria practitioner (and one of the most important Santeria teachers I have ever had). If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know how truly ecclectic Venezuelan Santeria is – ecclectic and practical as Hoodoo = my type of Santeria :). Besides his main altar, he had this small table with the Ekeko on it. Everyone who visited his altar room had left cigarrettes and money for the ekeko – so did I, making my petition; a few days later, I got what I had asked for, so I kept on bringing offering for Him and Ekeko and I made a great friendship. A few months later, my friend went through a strong personal crisis, dismantled his altar and gave the Ekeko away :( .
I don’t know what happened to me yesterday, and why did I make the 25€ splurge to send my friend to buy Him, but I stopped making to myself that kind of questions a long time ago. We three (me, Fernando and my witchy friend) gave tobacco, candies and money offerings to him, besides a candle anointed in Eleggua Oil and sprinkled with golden glitter, just to please him. And now you will ask – why the Gnomes??? People seem kind of surprised when I explain this, but Gnomes, Fairies and all the Little People are very important and deeply revered in Santeria. Gnomes are the owner of mines and buried treasures, thus related to all money and wealth Witchcraft – see our Gnome’s Gold Oil as an example. I had purchased this vintage Gnome set on Etsy several months ago, with the intention of putting them on our roof garden, but since the day they arrived I knew they wanted an altar of their own – they have been patiently waiting for the Ekeko since then…