Ogun

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Ògún
Ògún Lákáayé
Warriors, soldiers, blacksmiths, metal workers, craftsmen
VeveOgoun.svg
Veve of Ogoun
Other namesOggun, Ogou, Ògún or Ogúm
Venerated inYoruba religion, Edo religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Umbanda, Candomblé, Haitian Vodou, Louisiana Voodoo, Folk Catholicism
RegionNigeria, Benin, Latin America, Haiti
Ethnic groupYoruba 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[change | change source]

Ogun is a powerful spirit of metal work.[1] Also he is the spirit of war and patron deity of smiths and craftsmen.[2] 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[change | change source]

  • 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[change | change source]

  • 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.
  • Ogun and other popular Loa together with the adepts of Voodoo are depicted in 2020 novel Our Wild Sex in Malindi by Andrei Gusev.[3][4][5]
  • Two traditional Voodoo songs dedicated to Loa Ogun were recorded and translated into English by Michel S. Laguerre.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Adeoye, C. L. (1989). Ìgbàgbọ́ àti ẹ̀sìn Yorùba (in Yoruba). Ibadan: Evans Bros. Nigeria Publishers. pp. 250–262. ISBN 9781675098.
  2. "Ooni Ogun & The Obalades crown chiefs of Yoruba Land". Dakingsman.com. Archived from the original on 2020-10-21.
  3. Review of "Our Wild Sex in Malindi" Archived 2020-08-04 at the Wayback Machine — on the site of public fund "Union of writers of Moscow", 2020
  4. Andrei Gusev “Our Wild Sex in Malindi”, 2020. Archived 2020-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Andrei Gusev «Наш жёсткий секс в Малинди» in Lady’s Club (in Russian). Archived 2020-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Laguerre, Michel (1980). Voodoo Heritage. Beverly Hills, Calif: Sage Publications. pp. 131–137. ISBN 0803914032