Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Shango is the king of the religion of Santería and was once the fourth King (Alafin) of the city of Oyó in Yoruba land before he was defied and became an Orisha. He is the Orisha of lightning, thunder and fire, the owner of the sacred batá drums, the power of passion and virility. Changing is a ladies' man and a charmer. Changó is the master of dance, a fierce warrior and a powerful sorcerer who spits fire. He is depicted as handsome, young man wearing a crown and carrying a double headed axe. Perhaps the most 'popular' of the Orishas, Shangó rules over lightning, thunder, fire, the drums, and dance. He is a warrior Orisha with quick wits, quick temper and oaths epitome of virility. Shangó took the form of the fourth Alafin (supreme king) of Oyó on earth for a time. He is married to Obba but has relations with Oyá and Òshun. He is extremely hot blooded and strong-willed Orisha that loves all the pleasures of the world: dance, drumming, women, song and eating. He is ocanami with Elegguá, meaning they are of one heart. When one sees him with the quickness with which lightning makes short work of a tree or a fire. His children have an innate ability for divination. To acknowledge the greatness of this King, all in the religion raise up on the toes of our feet (or rise out of chairs if we are sitting) at the mention of his name. His colors are red and white and he recognizes himself in the numbers four and six. He is most often represented by a double headed axe. Numbers: Shangó, Changó, Sango A.K.A: Saint Barbara Colors: Red and White Numbers: 6 Prayer: Shangó obá adé ok I, obá ina, Alafin Oyó aché o.