Poteau-Legba

The center-post of the peristyle, the point about which most public ceremonies of voodoo revolve.

In being sacred to Legba, the post has an older tradition than the peristyle itself: it corresponds to the post or mound traditionally set up outside houses in Dahomey as a sacred symbol of Legba.

The center-post of the peristyle is customarily painted with bright colors, and is surrounded by a step which can serve as an altar.