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UploadedNovember 11, 2007
TakenFebruary 24, 2007
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ModelCanon PowerShot G2
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He is a Sky Father, god of thunder and the ancestor of the Yoruba. Shango is considered to be the center point of the religion as he represents the Oyo people of West Africa. The Oyo Kingdom was sacked and pillaged and its residents brought in chains as slaves to the Caribbean and Brazil. All the major initiation ceremonies (as performed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela for the last few hundred years) are based on the traditional Shango ceremony of Ancient Oyo.

The energy given from this Deity of Thunder is also a major symbol of African resistance against an enslaving European culture. He rules the color red and white; his sacred number is 6; his symbol is the oshe (double-headed axe), which represents swift and balanced justice. He is owner of the Bata (3 double-headed drums) and of music in general, as well as the Art of Dance and Entertainment. (from wikipedia)

In the A matter of faith photo essay.

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    Don Harney (Deleted) gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Excellent series!!!

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