My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. Hope you enjoy them.
E is for Ekeko
Popular in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chili, Ekeko is the pre-Columbian god of abundance and prosperity. He is the main figure in the annual Alasitas fair, a cultural event that happens on January 24th in La Pax, Bolivia.
How do you get good luck from Ekeko?
- give money offerings to Ekeko.
- keep one stature of Ekeko in your home. (But single women should beware, because he is a jealous god and may not approve of their male friends.)
- receive a statue of Ekeko from a friend or loved one
- give a statue to someone you care about
Recently people have been putting a lit cigarette into the statue’s mouth. How long it burns is a sign of how much good luck is in store for them.
“The girl was in love with Isidoro Choquewanca. Years before, she had left the hacienda where they both had grown up. Before her departure, Isidoro gave her a small statue to protect her. This small statue was the Ekeko, which was known to Andean people to be a god of fortune and luck.
At the time of the siege, people were starving to death. Isidoro was enrolled in the indigenous army, and he manage to reach Paulina’s house. Every week, he left her food near the statue, which was placed outside the house, but nobody knew he was doing it. Both Paulina and her boss, Doña Josefa, were able to survive the siege because of the food left near the statue by Isidoro. That is the origin of the beliefs of Ekeko’s powers in providing abundance.” Wikipedia
Wikipedia (photos also from Wikipedia)
MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY
A is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart
B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me
C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Gods
D is for Dragons – Chinese Dragons
There are over 1850 blogs participating in the A- 2- Z event. Something for everyone. I am trying to check out as many of these great blogs as possible. You can too via this link:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html
Blogs I’m following in the Challenge (s0 far):
Alistair Lane, A Certain Point of View – Topic: Zombie Survival Tips in Haiku
Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles – Topic: The ABCs of Mindfulness
Annette, Annette`s Place – Topic: Legendary Mythical Creatures
Dipanwita, Cocktails, Mocktails & LIfe Topic: Poetry
Jo , Food, Life and a Scent of Chocolate Topic: Food
John Davis Frain, John Davis Frain Topic: Six Sentence Stories
Jackie Jain , Words Dipped in Happiness Topic: Poems about Happiness
Ipsita Banerjee, A Sliver of a Moonbeam Topic: Book Friends
Susan A Eames – Travel, Fiction and Photos Topic: Wildlife Encounters