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Iba Shango

Started by Omowale, Feb 05, 2023, 09:49 PM

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Shango Devotees:


Iba Ṣàngó o

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Ọ̀yẹ̀kú Ìrẹtẹ̀

There is an ẹsẹ I want to share:

Afẹ̀sọ̀ ẹ̀sọ̀ jobi alámọ̀là ọ̀fà tindí tindí
Adífá fún Àjàyí
Adífá fún Àjílékegé lórí awọ

Ajilekege consulted Ifa so that the thief that stole his possession can be caught. His priest told him to sacrifice three cocks and 650 cowries. Ajilekege complied. He was given a cock to offer to Shango and he reported the theft. He did what he was told. Shango not only caught the thief, but brutally dealt with him. Destroyed the thief's home with a thunderbolt which cost the thief's relatives a lot of money so that the Shango priests could remove the thunderbolt. Ajilekege praised the priest, the priest praised Ifa and Ifa praised Olodumare. And so he chanted the ẹsẹ above.

This ìtàn is what led to the widespread praise of orisha Shango, the lord of thunder.


Shango is an orisha associated with justice. Traditionally, we believe that the orisha will most likely support the devotee that appeases them. If this ẹsẹ is divined for you, your Babalawo/Iyanifa will guide you to appease Shango so that he may assist in bringing justice. The lesson is also to not steal or Shango will deal with you.

This is just one of the many themes of "karma" in Ifa philosophy. Shango was one of the orisha that represented the energy of justice being served. The divine judgement of the ancient Aláàfin of Oyo.

~Manifest destiny from within~