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Oggun (The Orishas Collection)

In Yoruba mythology, Ogun (or Ogoun, Ogun, Ogou) is an orisha, who presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war. He is the patron of smiths and is usually displayed with his attributes: machete or sabre, rum and tobacco. He is the traditional warrior and seen as a powerful deity of metal work, similar to Ares and Hephaestus in Greek mythology and Visvakarma in Hindu mythology. In the religious tradition of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé, Ogun (as this Yoruba divinity is known in the Portuguese language) is often identified with Saint George. However, Ogun may also be represented by Saint Sebastian. Officially Saint Sebastian is the patron saint of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In all his incarnations Ogoun is a fiery and martial spirit. He can be very aggressively masculine—much like the spirit of Shango. He is also linked with blood, and is for this reason often called upon to heal diseases of the blood. (Extracted from Wiki)

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Zeana Romanovna 09 Feb 2010

Stunning work which really holds the viewer within the image! I really like the description along with this work as it adds an element of deeper understanding. Powerful work!