Shango

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In Yorb mythology, Shango is perhaps the most popular Orisha; he is a Sky Father, god of thunder and the ancestor of the Yorb.

Shango is worshipped in Haitian Vodun, as a god of thunder and weather; in Brazilian Candombl Ketu (under the name Xang); in Umbanda, as the very powerful loa Nago Shango; and as the equivalent of St. Barbara in Santera, wherein he is called Chango.

Shango was the fourth king of the Yorb, and deified after his death; mythologically, he (along with 14 others) burst forth from the goddess Yemaja's body after her son, Orungan, attempted to rape her for the second time. He has three wives; his favorite (because of her excellent cooking) is Oshun, a river goddess. Another wife, Oba, another river goddess, offered Shango her ear to eat. He scorned her and she became the Oba River, which combines in dangerous rapids with the Oshun River. Lastly, Oya was Shango's third wife, and stole the secrets of his powerful magic.

In art, Shango is depicted with a double-axe on his three heads. He is associated with the holy animal, the ram, and the holy colors of red and white.bg:Шанго pt:Xang

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