Logunedé, primarily venerated in Brazil, is the child of Oxum Iponda, a forest dwelling path of Oshun and either Erinle or Oxossi. Logunedé spends half the year living in the river with Mom and the other half living in the forest with Dad. (Both Erinle and Oxossi are forest dwellers.) Logunedé, an androgynous spirit, spends part of the year living as a female, the other part as a male. Logunedé, spirit of pleasure, gets to be a sexy mermaid and a brave hunter.
Like Erinle and Oshun, Logunedé is a spirit of beauty, luxury and wealth. In his male path, Logunedé is closely allied with Ogum and Oxossi. Together they fight as valiant warriors against malevolent magic and malicious spirits.
Although very powerful, Logunedé is a sweet natured spirit who maintains good relations with most of the orixas. Regardless of parentage, Ogum is credited with being the onewho raised and educated Logunedé; teaching healing, metalworking and shamanic skills. Once while traveling the path between river and forest, Logunedé encountered Omolu (Babalu Ayé) who offered further instruction in healing, witchcraft and magic. Logunedé is extremely well-versed and multi-faceted.
Logunedé is invoked for spiritual and physical protection but also for wealth, success and love. Logunedé is petitioned for the courage to be true to oneself regardless of whatever anyone else thinks. Logunedé defies boundaries and refuses to be pigeonholed. Logunedé is syncretized to Michael Archangel and is sometimes considered the spiritual matron/patron of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
ALSO KNOWN AS:
Logun Edé; Laro
Bow and arrows; scales; mirror
Amber, coral, light blue, yellow and/ or green
Logunedé is the subject of a song by Brazilian musician, Gilberto Gil.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.