African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa


Fon Blacksmith God

Picture of the African Blacksmith God Gu from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

God of Tools, Workshops and Smiths

The son of Mawu-Lisa, he started off as a humble trowel and was dispatched to Earth to do little odd jobs around the place — filling unsightly craters, fixing leaky oceans, that kind of thing.

The humans were very grateful and he was soon promoted to God of Smiths, Weapons and War. He has probably reached Black and Decker status by now.

Gu Facts and Figures

Name: Gu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Fon people of Benin, Nigeria and Togo
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Blacksmiths
Area of expertise: Blacksmithing

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 6383

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Article last revised on November 02, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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