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Ògún
Ògún Lákáayé
Warriors, soldiers, blacksmiths, metal workers, craftsmen
VeveOgoun.svg
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.

Overview

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.

Characteristics

  • 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.

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