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,Green and Yellow, Ogun’s color is black and green…..Ogun Yayyyyyy!!! The yellow is Osun, she came to the new world wearing yellow, Cuba has her with this as her color, as in Africa she wears white or yellow. Yellow elekes are also given to her children here in Africa,but with yellow beads only her real initiates can wear it, people who have gone though the initiation to crown Osun.
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, like my husband. He is not one to argue, he will fight, yet he does not encourage fighting.
My husband is Ogun, his family throughout their lineage are Osun and Ogun worshipers, his last name indicates that. My husband is strong in his personality, when he speaks in a commanding tone, it almost sounds like a roar, and he did not shout, when he shouts, the place shakes, yet he is loved and respected by all. His very presence exudes Ogun.
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 vegetables,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 and spend time with them selves.
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 feeling 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!
Surgeons or Doctors
Computer Tech persons,or anyone who works in the area of Technology, programmers and all
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.
From the post Ogun God of War and technology;
Ogun is a very important Orisha and it is said that he created the pathway for the 401 divinities on their journey from heaven to earth. He protects and blesses his devotees. Ogun is the blacksmith, he forges iron, if we were to understand him and his role here on earth for us and our benefit from a human perspective, this is one way he has to be viewed.
To avoid disasters on Highways, airways, waterways, in war, or to expect a great result under surgery among other things Ogun is usually appeased. This is due to him being the divinity of steel. Police men, Mechanics, Surgeons or Doctors, Barbers, Computer Tech persons, or anyone who works in the area of Technology, Drivers, Pilots, soldiers who wear green, Ogun’s color and so on all belong to Ogun and must honor him. Ogun is responsible for building cities, and towns, he is responsible for houses, bridges and tunnels, his importance to society rivals the air we breathe, Ogun is a very powerful Orisha he is Ogun Agbede (Ag-beh-deh), Ogun the Blacksmith. Anything which is made of Iron belongs to Ogun and are looked upon as his children, , also included as his children are stones, glass, or any sharp object, anything which can draw blood and cause damage. Ogun colors are green and black (Jamaicans big up, Ogun ah we puppa, who fight wid backle and stone like Jamaicans, Ogun Yay!) This last statement about the drawing of blood is not to say Ogun is wicked, we cannot look at him in that way, we should realize however that whatever in nature which can assist us in war or which can house us, transport us, protect us and clear our path belongs to and is ruled by Orisha Ogun.
He is worshiped by blacksmiths, silver smiths and gold smiths, and by all users of Iron along with warriors and hunters. He is God of Iron, and of war and of Hunters, he rules Jamaica along with Orisha Osun. Jamaica sweet, beautiful, artistic, creative, and loved by all (Osun’s role),…( Bad from dem bawn, and das why we gwan suh) Ogun’s role, lol. Large up yuh self Munga!
A story told by the Late Afolabi Epega in his book Ifa said;
Before him, the creator supplied rations from heaven. The story says that formerly every one took out of the heaven daily for food, but the covetous took more than for immediate need; thus the creator was annoyed and he pushed the heavens further away from the earth.
He, Ogun was very fun of Palm wine and his food consisted of roasted yam and dog, etc., hence the chief sacrifice offered to Ogun is dog accompanied by palm oil, roasted yams, roasted corn and some other articles of food he was fond of. He, cutlass in hand and at times would beat when he was angry, he beat people to death.
Praise name for Ogun;
Ogun Lakaaye (La-Ka-ah-yea) Oisnmole (Oi-sin-mo-leh)—- (Ogun, worldly respected, the King of other divinities)
Onile Kangun Kangun ti n be lorun (Land lord of rough houses in heaven)
Olomi nile feje we (one who takes baths with blood despite having water at home)
Olasonile fi mo bora (covering his body with palm frond despite having clothes)
Okunrun warapa ti n nikan je apari aja (the powerful man who eats the dogs head alone
Ogun like all other Orishas is a primordial deity and when the divinities were first coming to inhabit the earth, it was Ogun who volunteered his services to cut through the thicket which prevented the Orishas to come through, he used his cutlass to clear the way for them, because of this all Orishas hailed him and he was called chief among the divinities, Osinmale!
Esu (Eh-shu) Yoruba divinity of Justice must always be propitiated first, he must be attended to before any other Orisha, or the sacrifice offered will not be accepted, but in fact when a blood offering is given with a knife to the Animals throat, in all actuality it is Ogun who first eats, as the knife is one of his children.
The Yoruba believe that when ones way or path is not clear or one encounters difficulties, one should appeal to Ogun to help in making the path smooth in the same way he did for the divinities in the days of old. Ogun is believed to be able to provide prosperity for his devotees, here he is called Onile owo, Olona ola, Onile Kangunkangun ode orun (The owner of the house of money, the owner of the house of riches; The owner of innumerable house of heaven)
Ogun is known as the first King of Ire (e-reh) and there is a story which says, Ogun upon returning from one of his fiercest battles, he came upon a group of Ire people in Ajo Oriki (a gathering where greeting was forbidden), and was surprised to see that non of the people greeted him. With his machete, he touched the kegs of palm-wine standing at the centre of the gathering, but felt disappointed when he discovered that they were empty, normally, when kegs of palm wine have been emptied of there content, they are turned upside down. The infuriated Ogun started beheading the people, his own subjects and children, destroying quite a large number before he came to himself. Realizing his bloody deed, he decided to put a stop to his carnage in a dramatic way. He thrust his sword into the ground, sat on it and began to sink slowly into the bosom of the earth. But before he disappeared finally, he assured the people that whenever they needed him, they should call on him at the approach of enemies and he has not let them down. Ogun Yayyy!
In Yoruba land, you will find all empty bottles laying on their sides, to have an empty bottle stand upright is a sign to Ogun for war, therefore, if you have an empty bottle home or in your presence, please lay it or them on the side, so that you will not encounter war.
All king, Priests, Government everywhere must salute Ogun and give him his respect…side bar;.. have you ever noticed that every United Stated President always have a Dog in the White House, and usually when they finish their term the dog dies? Dog is Ogun’s favorite sacrifice, and it signifies that the have Orisha Ogun on their side, so in war they will prevail, these people knows things, do not be fooled…Ogun Yayyyy!
In Yoruba land no hunter goes on a hunting expedition without giving offering to Ogun or paying due regard, no soldier goes to war without paying homage to Ogun, no truck driver considers himself safe until offering is made to Ogun. All workers of steel and Iron look up to Ogun for protection against accident or help in their work. If Ogun is neglected, he can cause very bad accidents and bloody battles. To avoid catastrophes, offerings to propitiate Ogun are offered by Yoruba’s, In this way Ogun is seen as a symbol of the superior one, the conquering one. The Romans have their God calledMars, it is Ogun, Greeks have Apollo, it is Ogun, In Lucumi Ogun is represented as Saint Peter, he holds the key, Ogun in Vodoun Is Papa Ogu, Ogun among the Hindu’s is Hanuman(hold tight Ty)
Prayer for Ogun from Odu (odi meji)
Odidi fenu digun
Amo gbokeere fohun yara
Eni gbohun ologburo
Ani bi ko terinO po ju efon lo
A difa fun irin-wonwon, aremo Ogun
Oojo ti irin-wonwon ba bale
Ni irin-wonwon n segun
Odidi uses its mouth to prevent war
Leopard stays far but sounds as if in a nearby room
The person who hears Ologburo’s voice in a far place
Will say if it is not up to an elephant it is much more than a buffalo
Ifa declaration to Irin-wonwon, Ogun’s child
It is on the day that Irin-wonwon lands
That Irin-wonwon conquers
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