Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)

SOPONA

Yoruba Sickness God

Also known as Shopona, Soponna, Shapona, Shonponno

Scarlet-robed God of Smallpox

Not nice. He prowls around in the heat seeking victims, so stay in the shade and try to spot him before he spots you. This should hopefully be quite easy as he looks just like a God of Smallpox. Note the evil red cloak and bubbling pustules of hideousness. He will probably also be smiling.

Sopona also checks on the correct observance of rituals and worship. You can probably guess what he does to you if your rituals aren’t up to scratch.

Sopona Facts and Figures

Name: Sopona
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Shopona, Soponna, Shapona, Shonponno

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

In charge of: Disease & Sickness
Area of expertise: Disease, Sickness, Illness

Good/Evil Rating: BAD, best avoided
Popularity index: 239

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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