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The Veve of Ogoun

Ogoun , also Ogún; is the name of a loa , a spirit being in voodoo . A Yoruba god ( Orisha ) is also called: Ogún .


Ogoun is the supreme warrior among the loa. He masters fire, blood, iron, politics and war. He is the patron saint of blacksmiths , civilization and technology. He is married to the female loa Erzulie . As the guardian spirit of the forge and lord of metal, Ogoun's attributes are a saber or machete .


Ogoun is usually offered as an offering of grilled pork , rum and tobacco . His most important place of pilgrimage is Plèn dinò in northern Haiti; July 24th is his feast day . The pilgrimages are occasionally mistaken for devil worship .


Often loas have different aspects that differ in appearance and function (see Baron Samedi ). Ogoun's aspects combine many different Orixás des Candomblé , with Ogoun receiving the name of Orixas as a nickname; for example: Ogoun Shango and Ogoun Batala .

One aspect of Ogoun worth mentioning is Ogoun Deux Manières , a hermaphrodite . He is revered in both Petro and Rada voodoo , i.e. the voodoo in which a malicious or a peaceful spirit appears.

Parallels to other religions

Since the Christianization of the distribution area of ​​Voodoo, many Loa have been syncretized by Christian saints with appropriate functions . Ogoun stands for the apostle Jacob in voodoo . Another parallel to other religions is Ogoun's great resemblance to the Roman god of war Mars .

See also

List of spirit beings in voodoo

Individual evidence

  1. James Henderson: Haiti: Deliverance from evil . The Daily Telegraph , June 10, 2003, accessed January 10, 2015
  2. ^ Plaine-du-Nord And Saint Jacques Fiesta . Haiti Observer , January 20, 2013
  3. ^ Webster University : Descriptions of Various Loa of Voodoo , 1990