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Eshu by GENZOMAN Eshu by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! there goes a image done a couple of years ago for a book series. This time the Orisha/Yoruba god of paths: Eshu.

PSCS/bamboo/6hours/music: Demon's Crest - Beyond the Colosseum
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╚ṣ¨ (other names include Exu, Eshu Eleggua, Esu Elegbara, Eshu Elegbara, Elegba, Legba, Papa Legba and Eleda) is both an orisha and one of the most well-known deities of the Yoruba mythology and its related New World traditions.

He has a wide range of responsibilities: the protector of travelers, deity of roads, particularly crossroads, the deity with the power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death, a psychopomp. ╚ṣ¨ is involved within the Orisa (also spelt Orisha or Orixa)-Ifß system of the Yoruba as well as in African diasporic faiths like SanterÝa/Lukumi and CandomblÚ developed by the descendants of enslaved West Africans in the Americas, where ╚ṣ¨ was and is still sometimes identified with Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Michael or Santo Ni˝o de Atocha, depending on the situation or location. He is often identified by the number three, and the colours red & black or white & black, and his caminos or paths (Avatar) are often represented carrying a cane or shepherd's crook, as well as smoking a pipe.

╚ṣ¨ is a spirit of Chaos and Trickery, and plays frequently by leading mortals to temptation and possible tribulation in the hopes that the experience will lead ultimately to their maturation. In this way he is certainly a difficult teacher, but in the end is usually found to be a good one. As an example of this, let us look at one of his patakis or stories of the faith. ╚ṣ¨ was walking down a road one day, wearing a hat that was red on one side and black on the other. Sometime after he entered a village which the road went through, the villagers who had seen him began arguing about whether the stranger's hat was black or red. The villagers on one side of the road had only been capable of seeing the black side, and the villagers on the other side had only been capable of seeing the red one. They soon came to blows over the disagreement which caused him to turn back and rebuke them, revealing to them how one's perspective can be as correct as another person's even when they appear to be diametrically opposed to each other. He then left them with a stern warning about how closed-mindedness can cause one to be made a fool. In other versions of this tale, the two halves of the village were not stopped short of extreme violence; they actually annihilated each other, and ╚ṣ¨ laughed at the result, saying "Bringing strife is my greatest joy".

In Brazil, the female counterpart of Exus are called Pomba Gira. ╚ṣ¨s are constantly related to Hermes/Mercury for their heraldic function.
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Pengine Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
I remember studying about Esu when I was in high school in Lagos. Your imagery makes the stories I heard that much more vivid.
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O-five Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Pure epicness!
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MikhaelOzzy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
<font><font class="">╔pico! Sua arte Ú mais que genial! Vocŕ jß fez uma sobre Devil May Cry? Deveria tentar! =]</font></font>
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SadSoul2013 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Your drawings are awesome!!!What about a League of Legends Remastered Master Yi???
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:iconuggochi:
ugGOchi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
epic!
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retroafro1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
looks like dhalsim
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Shango9696 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
This is cool! I wish you could do one of the Orisha Shango. That would be too cool
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fagnaroto Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
exu tem forma humana e nao este demonio,pombagira sao como ciganas
faša do ogum,iemanja,oxum,iansŃ,xango e nŃnŃ boruke
parabÚns pela arte
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Fan01 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Such a lesson/trick is something Loki would do too. The Coyote from native American Mythology too.

Now I want to see Coyote, Loki, and Hermes go on a road trip together.
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Bastardian Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cuando vi la miniatura me acorde de majin boo xd esta la raja
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Doominical Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
excelente el tema musical
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Blacktodasoul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Awesome rendition can't wait to see
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:iconorgnixstudios:
orgnixstudios Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Awesome!
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kiffmann Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Laroiŕ Esu! Orisha of Movement and Comunication!

Here in Brazil is the most popular God!
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papalabas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lug of the Celts and Loki/Odin of the Vikining are also Tricksters with some very resembling Myths.
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papalabas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My Avatar. LOL
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Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eshu is so cool that story made me laugh
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PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Interesting, I like these.
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:iconhorgue:
Horgue Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
mas yoruba!!!! Esta muy currao.
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Narutaki2000 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
A great job!
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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cheshirect Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
good music selection!! very inspirational lol
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leodydante Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
EXU TRANCA RUA!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
he's awesome!!!
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Pensaba que era el ds de la arena....
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Sorantheman Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Looks like a mix between Akuma and Dhalism.
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Dipaula Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
FANTASTIC!!!!!
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firestars-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
intense as always, genzo my man!
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Blanca0 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Ai Caramba
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RichieNieto Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Muy bueno, de mis favoritos :)
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Clone-Artist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great stuff! :D
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yedeon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
vendemosycompramos.com
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drawmort Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MAJIN BUU!!!!!!! XDD

No, maestro, es una bromilla... muy buena ilustraciˇn, como siempre!

Saludos desde Coquimbo, Chile!
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firefoxpokemon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Earthworm Jim?? :? XP
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Very cool
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tamarussia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
::gasp:: Yoruba mythology? ::goes to ask dad::
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chan-chan-chan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you use a filter to blur the edges?
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rsandagon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
cool artwork!
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Huh, well that is an interesting moral parable he brought, extremely petty villiagers though to fight over something so trivial, and none of them crossed the street ahead or behind him, or even looked at him when he had passed far enough ahead of them to see both sides of his hat at once...
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eternalart012 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have amazing art i love it
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xiolin26 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
sorry wrong spelling Yoruba
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xiolin26 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
We studied Yorubua mythology in school last year, this is so awesome
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DoaBob Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Great job!
It's the first time i see Exu drawn in digital art so well.
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Great, except... why did you make him so light-skinned?
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GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
my mistake, was done in cymk, but i converted to RGB and his skin become a bit saturated.
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Aaron-Radney Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   General Artist
It's awesome that you went with an orisha and used the low angle shot. It gives him a lot of gravitas and power. The motion blur in the foreground forces us to look at the figure and I love that kind of compositional attention. The color palette is pretty darn awesome as well.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Another masterpiece :worship:
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Simons-Art-Is-A-Bang Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I saw Earthworm Jim from the thumbnail...
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aylafight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
hahaha!!!
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