E is for Ekeko, Pre-Columbian God of Good Luck #A to Z Challenge

EMy theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

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.

220px-EquekoThere are many dolls and statues of  Ekeko, a friendly looking man with a mustache and poncho carrying an abundance of bags and baskets with grain, food and money.


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.

Ekeko’s Legend

“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


Ekeko the Smoking God of Prosperity

Wikipedia (photos also from Wikipedia)



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The CHallenge

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):

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Annette, Annette`s Place – Topic: Legendary Mythical Creatures

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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


Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

21 thoughts on “E is for Ekeko, Pre-Columbian God of Good Luck #A to Z Challenge”

    1. Hi Dixita,
      It would be a cool gift. But I have to say he looks a little creepy. lol. Thanks for stopping by and chatting. I’ll be visiting later today.
      Best Wishes

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  1. Love this for getting luck:

    “•give money offerings to Ekeko”

    Doesn’t that get you luck from everybody?! But I guess if you’re gonna be the god of abundance and prosperity you’re gonna need plenty of revenue-generating sources, so smart move, Ekeko!


    1. Hi Annette
      They would. Wouldn’t it be fun to go to Bolivia to get one. Ah… I can dream.
      Best Wishes
      who is so thankful to have you visiting my blog

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      1. Yes it would be just awesome! And glad I found you and your lovely mystery Black Cat Blues. I am sorry I am a slow reader but it is my cuddle up on the couch for me time read each day! 🙂


      2. Hi Annette, I love curling up with a good book. Enjoy.Best WishesJo-Ann

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