SHAKPANAAlso known as SHANKPANA, SOPONNA, SHONPONNO
Plague God of Smallpox and Insanity
He is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. The son of YEMAYA, he's one of the ORISHAS, but not a very nice one to be on the wrong side of. An old hobbling figure, he is responsible for inflicting smallpox and madness. Not at the same time. We think. Of course if you really piss him off, there's no telling what he might do.
There does not seem to be a cure for him. All we can advise is to consult his Orisha associate Dr BABALU-AYE who may be able to perform a sesameseedectomy.
Historical update: In 1979 the World Health Organization declared that smallpox had been totally eradicated from this planet. Little do they know that SHAKPANA is working on a brand new version called largepox. He has already been blamed for the creation of AIDS, and he's not one to be discouraged — his madness department has never been busier.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : BAD, best avoided
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SHANKPANA, SOPONNA, SHONPONNO
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