Ogun facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsÒgún
|Warriors, soldiers, blacksmiths, metal workers, craftsmen|
Veve of Ogoun
|Other names||Oggun, Ogou, Ògún or Ogúm|
|Venerated in||Yoruba religion, Edo religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Umbanda, Candomblé, Haitian Vodou, Louisiana Voodoo, Folk Catholicism|
|Region||Nigeria, Benin, Latin America, Haiti|
|Ethnic group||Yoruba people, Edo people, Fon people|
Ogun or Ogoun is a spirit that appears in several African religions. He is also known as the 'God of Iron' and is present in Voodoo.
Ogun is a powerful spirit of metal work. Also he is the spirit of war and patron deity of smiths and craftsmen. He was sent to earth to make it a nice place for people to live, and he has not yet finished this task. The primary symbol of Ogun is Iron.
- Consecrated day: Wednesday
- Metal: iron
- Element: earth
- Color: red, black, marine blue
- Archetype: authoritarian, hardworking, suspicious and a bit selfish
- Symbols: sword, iron chain
In popular culture
- In the story "O compadre de Ogum" by the classic of Brazilian literature Jorge Amado, or the 2nd part of the novel Shepherds of the Night (1964), Ogun is one of the title characters. Ogun baptizes a blond, blue-eyed child, whom the Negro has already recognized as his son.
- Two traditional Voodoo songs dedicated to Loa Ogun were recorded and translated into English by Michel S. Laguerre.
Images for kids
Statue of Ogun, Sacred Grove Of Oshun, Osogbo, Nigeria
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