ARCHETYPES OF ORISHA OGUN – GOD OF IRON – GOD OF WAR

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Understanding these Orishas and their characteristic traits portrayed in living beings who are from their realms is to pay keen attention to each other or people we meet, through their behavior and action, we can if we have certain understanding, see the personality of the Orishas within them. Ogun, God of Iron and of War is an Orisha who is easily mis-understood, and this maybe because he is referred to as God of War.

First for those who may not be able to understand the use of the word God when it comes to describing some deities, many people are under the misconception that God should only be used to describe the Almighty creator, the supreme being, not realizing that the word God is actually a title and although there is only one supreme God, there are many Demi- Gods, ruler of their own domain and energy which the supreme being, has placed them in charge.

This explanation is for the benefit of those who may take offense to the use of the word God when it comes to any other deity.

Here is Ogun who is  God of Iron, Steel and of War. Ogun is ruler over these elements of nature,Iron/Steel, it is this realm where Ogun is from and so are his children,people who are his archetypes. As to the referred title as God of war, it is the implements which are made out of the natural resources of nature of which Ogun represents and is ruler of. Iron and Steel. It is with these that weapons are made, the Gun, the cutlass, the knife, and so on. In war, soldiers arm themselves for battle with Ogun (weapons made from him, by him, from iron and steel). Ogun”s Job here on earth is Agbede (Ag-beh-deh) the Black smith, one who forges Iron. Ogun works without rest, he is constantly working.

Bad occurrences happens in the physical realms, because of the evil which human being invokes through their actions. Through lack of respect for nature and its laws human will face tragedies conjured by their very own hands. It is the responsibilities of forces of nature such as Ogun, to allow certain things to happen for man to learn. This does not  necessitate evil on the deities behalf, but serves to remind the human being to be careful of his actions, to remember the supreme being, to honor nature,and to keep its laws.

The handgun stays silent, bothering no one, if left alone. The cutlass, knife and all weapons the same, it is the hands of the human which offends.

The woods,forest, bush is sacred to Ogun, woods and barks are his own also, so woodsmen are also children of Ogun.

Without Ogun, society would stand still, civilization as we know it would not be possible. The Jamaican flag is Black, yellow and green.   Ogun’s color is black and green (red and black beads/elekes are worn here in Nigeria by his initiates). Ogun Yayyyyyy!!! (I have huge crush on Ogun, I cannot help myself, I love strong men) .The yellow is Osun, she came to the new world wearing yellow, and here in Africa even though her initiates wear white, her real color is yellow.

One of my sons, the first son, not the first child, a fine handsome fellow (the truth, not because he is my son I describe him this way) is pure Ogun, he is quiet and reserved, hardly you will find a talkative Ogun, although there are some. I wrote about him on the site and the former (thank God!) girlfriend. I had no idea that he was a child of the great warrior Ogun. My is son not big and burly, he is slender and always well dressed. One day I went to see the Jamaican Babalawo who took me to Africa, and he divined for my son, the Odu was Irete/Ogunda, my son is pure Ogun. I began to reflect back on him and as he grew, remembering a time when he, my son was about five or six years old, he did something and I beat him for it. In the night when the house hold settled down for sleep, I saw my five year old child standing in the kitchen holding my big kitchen knife. He had an angry look on his face and had the knife by its handle holding, while rigid in his stance.

I went to him, slightly frightened in my mind, thinking to my self “What kind in kid is this?” I asked him gently “why do you have a knife?” he responded that he was waiting for all of us to go to sleep so that he could kill us. Of course, that earned him another beating and the knives were hidden thereafter for a while.

He is a quiet boy, but he gets angry quickly at any sign of disrespect, he takes no disrespect, and yet he also forgives quickly.

Ogun is a great warrior, without Ogun you bloggers and I would not know each other, or rather there would be no blog. He is the God of technology, it is his same materials which makes the computer. Without Ogun houses could not be built, without Ogun no one could defend themselves or their country  in war. Even if a sling shot is used, it is Ogun, because the stone used for the shot is Ogun. In the movie the Fast and the Furious, and where the actor Paul Walker died in a car accident, and people thought how crazy is that, he acted in these movies about racing and look how he died. They invoked in the movie the energy of Ogun, known to them or unbeknownst to them I have no idea, I would say however, unbeknownst. If they had any idea of what they were doing then they would have appeased Ogun. A sacrifice to Ogun was not given so it was taken by said Ogun. These Hollywood people better employ me to teach them how not to offend nature and its elements. Everything in life needs propitiation, something have to be given over for another to thrive. Human beings has to kill and eat, whether it be animal or plants and this is for survival, it is the way of the world.

People who are Ogun’s children are very strong, sometime very quiet, but when they get angry, run!

People who have a fascination with weapons, or even cookware, computers, or anything of technology.

They at times do not like crowd and they spend much time with themselves.

Sometimes, they want to just travel, get away..

If they have an opinion on something, they will keep silent unless asked, and when they do voice out, they will not take their words back, they stick to what they believe.

They are not gossipers, or betrayers, they are too fierce for that, people may find them cold and unfeeling, but they know how to hide their feelings well,not wanting to encounter with too much emotions.

The whole movie industry and all of media exist because of Ogun.

One day in New York City, I was walking with a friend of mine who is a Babalawo and also a son of Ogun, he initiated Ogun before making Ifa.

As we were about to cross a huge street, we were on the service side of the road, a man riding a bicycle rode pass and almost knocked my friend down, as he cycled away, he had the nerve to say, my friend should have moved out of the way. My friend and I began to cross the street, talking about how rude the man was, in the middle of crossing and talking, my friend, who is a big guy in body weight, ran in the direction of the man who was by now down the street at the stop light which held him. For a big guy he was quite the sprinter, I watched as he went up to the mans face, pointing his finger in his face. I could not hear what was being said, I could only see from gestures, the man was apologizing. My friend ran back over to me. He, Ogun takes no disrespect, none!

Police men and anyone who is in the position of defense, with the use of weapon or technology.

Soldiers

Mechanics

Surgeons or Doctors

Barbers

Computer Tech persons,or anyone who works in the area of Technology, programmers and all

Drivers

Pilots

Carpenters

Jewelry Makers

Musicians

Film Makers

Engineers

Anybody who not only work with Iron or steel but have a passion, great passion or are successful with their works is Ogun….Ogun Yayyyyyyyyy!, this is how we cheer him in Yoruba Land.

Tí ẹyẹ ò bá fín ẹyẹ níràn, ojú ọrun tó ẹyẹ ẹ́ fò láì fara kanra. /
If a bird won’t seek the ill of another, the sky is wide enough for all to fly without colliding….Yoruba Proverb!

[There’s no need to pull anyone down in order to rise; the world is big and endowed enough for all.]

Great sins of the world occurs because of misplaced or lack of trust, to violate someones trust is to violate God, be the best human being you can be, let trust be one of the pillars of which your character is built on, honor yourself with this great compliment!….Obara Meji!

All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji

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kiabubblez
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kiabubblez
5 years ago

Obara i enjoyed the last two post for Osun n Ogun. Can yu elaborate on Shango next? i like learning about the deities. Helps me relate little more with them. Thx hon

ty
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ty
5 years ago

Cami, icould see Irdris as Ogun….also the guy from game of throne who is going to be aquaman….

NuNu
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5 years ago
Reply to  ty

Jason Mamoa, he’s with Lisa Bonet . He’s pretty but course

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Yes him, Nunu

kiabubblez
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kiabubblez
5 years ago
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Night i have to google him. Pretty n coarse sound intriguging n eyecatching

Cami
5 years ago

Obara! who is on Idris Elba’s head? He and me babes favor and I just see Ogun all in that sexy mix right there!!!!!!! lolol

KB
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KB
5 years ago

Yes to rastafar-I that picture is beautiful! Dark like unprocessed coco hmmm 🙂
Howdy Obara Hey TY

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  KB

lolol KB! wait till Yazzy come bout, lol

ty
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ty
5 years ago
Reply to  KB

Hey Kiab

ty
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ty
5 years ago
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We should not forget the awesome healing powers of baba Ogun….many healers call on him for help….he is the god of iron and iron is pervasive through our blood….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

lolol….Ogun man dem forge just right! lolol

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Yes…me too….My father can fight ….trust me….but sweeter than him you cannot find….

My father when he was young did not like his step father…he was an evil man to my father and his siblings….so one day my father stone di man….my father was about 10, the big adult man run like tief and hide in the house….it was my grand aunt that had to come and calm my father….

He is straight Ogun….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

grung! Ty, me babes busted his step-dad in the head with stone at 10 also! lol as an adult he got him again in a legal way that marked his life station, lol. My Ogun jokey fy but serious as fire at the same time. Versatile is what they are.

NuNu
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5 years ago

Who’s the female orisha that’s always with ogun again? The one that’s associated with the tornado and such?

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Nunu have me a laugh cause the picture have her a blush! lolol

NuNu
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5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

How yuh know suh Cami lol, mi did haffi clutch mi pearls awhile ago an seh, “oh my!”

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Those statues caused many of ugly hat wearers to clutch more than dem pearls, lolol

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

My father is straight up Ogun….nobody can wheel him “bitch” like him….and trust me, if him fling a stone it no miss….

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Afternoon everyone….

Iba Ogun…baba mi…Ogun Alada Meji….

Ogun we love you….

Cami
5 years ago
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((MUAH))) Ty, Ty.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
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Hey Cam Cam

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Lolol Ty a yuh mi deh look out for ie nuh, cause mi know yuh love Ogun

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Yes Nunu…I love Ogun…he has been a fierce defender for me….he has protected me, loved me, and blessed me….how could I not love my baba Ogun…

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

OGUN YAYYYYYYYY! Ase

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

…and ironic with Trinidad is that they call their tradition practice ‘shango’

NuNu
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5 years ago

Mi always a ask this, but Obara have you ever seen Ogun?

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

lol, mek you want O fi see Ogun ma?

If she did he would be: 5″9 and up, Dark like unprocess coco, muscular and built like a bronze statue (look like the one a Emancipation park), fearless

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qx7ryIMwYuA/TTO2bC1cM8I/AAAAAAAADhQ/On2P8JpPNNI/s1600/IMG_7034+email+size.jpg

NuNu
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5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Lol Cami, but I ask about all of em, same with Esu and Osun

Cami
5 years ago

So, O we flag actually have the primary colors of two deity. I wonder how it came to be…hmmm, lol

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

It was on this weekend! Every year it on as a marathon. MANY things about that movie I love. Ty would love where Uma laid in the back of the ‘pussy wagon’ and meditated herself “out of atrophy.” lol.

My girl willed her big toe to wiggle and the rest of the “little piggies” followed along and then it was time for vengeance.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Grung

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago
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I see

Cami
5 years ago
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Preggo, did you pack your bag already?

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago
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It is almost done. Any items you think I should add?

KB
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KB
5 years ago

No worries Joy We were all lead here to each other for a reason. We have much more to learn and teach each other so no phone cannot stop our connections. Nunu lol I feel each one of us can find our self in these deities. From Osun to Ogun right back to Obatala.

Cami
5 years ago

Come to think of it…who here as watched ‘Kill Bill’? lol one of my favorite movies of all time.

If you’ve watched it then you can relate to the forging of metal that O writes about, for me it falls inline with the movie and the role that Uma plays along with the other women (men too) but I love the movie because of the action of the women.

NuNu
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5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Cami, Beatrix was Ogun fi real. Still feel Paul Walker’s death too

KB
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KB
5 years ago

Greetings Cami Cams

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  KB

Wadup KB? me wake early (laundry day, lolol). NuNu, mind yu drown! lolol Osun pickney meet up regardless of boundaries. Remember the post with the pataki about the feud and a boulder was placed in the middle?

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Lol, and mi cyaan swim needa ie nuh, cho!

joy
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joy
5 years ago

Every time I try to send a post my phone it on going off I notice fr yesterday talking to obara when ever I should say some to her my phone just start to goes off but guest what nothing nar stop me you a god send woman and you here far a reason. Not here by mistake a you seh god bless

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Amen sister Joy, lol

Cami
5 years ago

If this life didn’t give me anything it sure did link me to tradition…my heartbeat is a child of ogun and I a child of mumma Osun/Ochun. I am attracted to my man weakness and strength and trust me him is a modern day warrior.

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Man, what a heapa Osun people in here

KB
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KB
5 years ago

Afternoon Nunu SSeeker Joy AMH congratulations i hear im to be an aunty soon lol

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago
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Hopefully not too soon, a few weeks to go. Thank you.

Cami
5 years ago

Morning EVERY one. Obara, thanks for clarifying the use of the title word god/GOD. Notice what I just did? I did common letters and capital letters…for which I accept either to be correct because the creator (Oldumare) never set a rule to writing.

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Howdy do, Cam

NuNu
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5 years ago

He sorta reminds me of my brother. Plus di bwoy love a bush ie si a fi him weekend spot dat

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago
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I was thinking the SAME thing!

NuNu
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5 years ago

Good morning folks! Howdy Joy and Obara.
Iba Ogun!

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago

I love this in depth look. Ogun is hauntingly familiar…

NuNu
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5 years ago
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‘Sup A!

AMH
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AMH
5 years ago
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Hey missy!! I’m trying to get rid of the snow for you…it’s not going so well

KB
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KB
5 years ago

Good morning gentle people I see myself and son in Ogun. I also saw my self in Osun. Obara can we be apart of more than one deity?

NuNu
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5 years ago
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Hey Spiritual Seeker and Kia

Spiritual Seeker
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Spiritual Seeker
5 years ago
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Hey Nuns

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5 years ago

Good morning Mama O! Good morning Joy (and all other ES crew)! I am here today (yay!) Obara, reading about Ogun is reminding me of stories I used to hear about my great-grandmother. I wonder if she was an Ogun woman. She was well known in her community and feared and respected back in her day. She didn’t take nonsense from ANYONE. She was a tall, very dark, strappin’ woman who was known to beat grown men with her wampara if they got out of order. Nobody dare mess with Miss Mac. She is one of my dearest egungun to… Read more »

joy
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joy
5 years ago

Good morning obara meji how your day so far and good morning to my family friends on the blog. god bless you all one love to all

Ellison
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Ellison
11 months ago
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Nice one

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