"Eshu Elegba (known to his Yoruba devotees by either name, as Christians uses Jesus and Christ interchangeably) is at the nexus of a pantheon of orisha grouped into a dozen or so “hot and cool” cults. His place within these cults varies. Worshippers of the hot/hard orisha (Ogun of Iron, Shango of Lightning, Shapona of Smallpox) say Eshu is their brother: vain, handsome, sexually prolific. Devotees of Oshun, mother of cool terrestrial waters, say she is married to Eshu and possessed of his cunning. Muslim and Christian Yoruba maintain that he is simply Satan, the devil. Yoruba oral tradition gives ammunition to all these cross-interpretations. The oriki (praise poetry) say he is ‘the biggest creature with a big wooden stick,’ yet he is so tiny that he must ‘stand on tiptoe to put salt in the soup.’ He is both first and last born, old man and child, cunning and capricious. Old or young, he disregards ‘the normal code; he enjoys the natural license of the innocent and the privileged license of the aged. As a child he is the experimenter who breaks the rules. Thus…the Yoruba say he is the youngest of the orisha, but the father of them all."
Donald Cosentino, Who is that Fellow in the Many-colored Cap? Transformations of Esu in Old and New World Mythologies (via hoodoo-seed)