Shango is a Sky Father, an African warrior king who became the god of lightning, thunder and fire, and one of the most powerful “Orishas” in the Yoruba religion’s pantheon. His name is a combination of the words shan, which means “to strike hard,” and go, which means “to bewilder.” His symbol is the double-headed axe, representing swift and balanced justice.
But Shango also represents the vital force that compels people to live life with joy and intensity. He represents passion, intelligence, wealth and masculine beauty. And he is the “owner” of the drums and the arts of music, dance and entertainment.