The Orishas: Elegua
Elegua's importance among the Orishas is due primarily to him being the first of them to be created.
The Seven African Powers refer to the seven Orishas that we call upon in times of need. Often depicted with their images linked together in a chain circling an image of the crucified Jesus, these deities represent all that is sacred and powerful in Santeria. The phrase ‘Seven African Powers’ is found in various religions, including Santeria, Hoodoo, Candomble, Arara. In Spanish, the phrase translates to Siete Potencias, or seven powers. The Orishas that make up the Seven African Powers are: Elegua, Yemaya, Oshun, Chango, Obatala, Oya, and Ogun.