ߛߏ ߤߎ߫ߣ So Pantheon of Vodùn Annual Celebration
African Vodun, Celebrations, New Afrikan Vodun

ߛߏ ߤߎ߫ߣ So Pantheon of Vodùn Annual Celebration

ߘߌ ߁߀߸ ߆߂߆߁ (Our calendar date) This weekend we celebrate what is called the So pantheon of deities. All of these deities are classified under the thunder/lightening pantheon as they relate to natural phenomenon. However, their deeper esoteric aspects are highly venerated at Ganlodo - divine justice being one major aspect. Thus we venerate specific thunder deities at Ganlodo like Gbade, Xeviósó, Jíso, Sohohwe, kwk. Most of these deities come from the cities of Xevie and Hweda (Wydah) in Southern Benin Republic. For Ganlodo, the head of the So pantheon is Xeviósó - the So of Xevie. He governs the royal throne and all matters of governance and justice. He is often depicted by his sacred animal, the agbo (ram) with the sosiovi in its mouth - the sosiovi representing the fire that comes out w...
ߛ߭ߊ߫ߣߜ߭ߏ߰ ߏߦߊ Ṣángò and Oya Festival
Celebrations, Isese Alagba, New Afrikan Vodun, Social Issues

ߛ߭ߊ߫ߣߜ߭ߏ߰ ߏߦߊ Ṣángò and Oya Festival

ߘߌ ߃߸ ߆߂߆߁ (Our calendar date)   Ṣángò and Oya are the inseparable union in the Ìṣèṣè òrìṣà pantheon. Ṣángò is justice, thunder, royalty, manhood,  diplomacy, warriorship, scholarship. Oya is the lightening which proceeds the thunder. She is intellect and mother of Egungun. A mother of the night, keeper of the mysterious secrets represented by the night, master of intuition and much more. Together these deities epitomize the duality of the universe and the balance that should exist in the Afrikan home and community. There is no Ṣángò without Oya and vice versa. They represent the ultimate Mawufenu couple. Both deities are big on loyalty, merit, accountability, and family development.     As New Afrikans, the Fá oracle has declared that we should venerate Ṣángò and Oya together in ...