The Gods and Spirits of Africa


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Picture of the African Storm God SHANGO from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Storm God

Also known as CHANGO, XANGO

Nicely syncopated Spirit of Thunder, Drums and Dance

He was long ago elevated to the ORISHAS after a glorious career as fourth King and warrior hero of the Yoruba. Now he bangs the drum for his people and plays rolling rhythms on his storm clouds.

When thunder is heard, you should salute him by crying ‘Cabio Sile Shango’, or words to that effect.

SHANGO leads a full red-blooded life and likes to party. He is in great demand as a drummer and his dancing talents cause severe outbreaks of funkiness wherever perpetrated.

His special Feast Day is 4th of December and during this time he has a piper employed to play all the latest hits. His special number is six, and his favorite colors are red and white. He likes animals, particularly dogs. He also favors roosters and turtles, although we think these are more for eating than companionship. If you invite him to a feast you will need to stock up on bananas, apples, cornmeal, okra, red wine and rum.

Very much the ladies man, SHANGO does have a relationship with OYA which can at times get pretty tempestuous. He does not get on well with his brother OGUN and is not averse to a good punch-up. But on the whole he’s a great God to have on your side as he is loyal, protective and — as far as we’re concerned — extremely groovy.


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : CHANGO, XANGO
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Storms
God of : Storms

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index : 83023

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Article last updated on 14 September 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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