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The history of Shango has traveled over centuries and continents, from the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin.
Also known as Chango, Sango or Xango, this African deity was elevated to an Orisha after his death. The fourth king of the Yoruba Oyo Empire, he is the god of thunder, drumming, dancing, fire and male virility. Known for his love of partying, Shango has a ritual dance named after him. He is a master at the drums and the rumble of the thunder reminds us of his rhythmic sounds.
Referred to as the “King of Santeria,” he is a commanding sorcerer who uses his power to cast spells. Shango is one of the four pillars of Santeria, along with Oshun, Yemaya and Obatala. He is one of the most beloved and revered of all Orishas and he plays an integral part in all Santeria rituals. Having found a balance between dominance and fun, Shango teaches us to live a well-rounded life. Married at different times to the Orisha goddesses Oya, Oshun and Obba, Shango is a passionate warrior who loves love.
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