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Brief history of Amadioha and Sango the Nigerian gods of thunder

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is a subject you are well-versed in, but what about Sango and Amadioha? Let’s examine their distinctions and parallels.

We had ours long before we knew about Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The phrase “thunder fire you” is frequently heard, but do you know where it came from?

Amadioha and Sango are the thunder gods of the Igbo and Yoruba peoples, respectively, in African folklore. They differ greatly from one another, but they also share many traits. They both represent justice and are connected to aggression.

In order to prove their innocence and avoid being struck by lightning, those who have been accused of crimes go to their shrines. Their typical color scheme is red and white, along with a white ram. Many of the African thunder and lightning gods revere the ram, both as a sacrifice and as a symbol.

One of the Orishas and ancestors of the Yoruba, Caribbean, and some Latin American people is Sango. He was the third Alaafin of Oyo and is a highly revered god of thunder, lightning, and electricity. He led his country to prosperity as a strongman. When he needed additional strength to defeat his adversaries, he obtained his powers from a babalawo (herbalist). He attained control over lightning, and after becoming possessed by the lightning spirit, he advanced to the rank of an Orisha. In addition, he was claimed to breathe fire and to have lived forever.

Due to the slave trade, Sango is also revered as a god of thunder and weather in Haiti, as Xangô in Brazil, as the extremely potent loa Nago Shango in Umbanda, as Shango in Trinidad, as the god of thunder, drumming, and dance, and as Changó in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela—the Santeria equivalent of St. Barbara.

The double-headed axe that serves as his emblem stands for speedy and impartial justice. He is the proprietor of the Yoruba cultural arts of music, dance, and entertainment as well as the Bata (double-headed drums).

The Igbo people of south-eastern Nigeria worship Amadioha as their god/arusi (deities) of thunder and lightning. He is mostly regarded as a god of justice. He uses lightning to strike and thunder to converse. He goes by the names Amadiora, Kamalu (short for Kalu Akanu), Kamanu, and Ofufe in different regions of Igboland. He is held in the same loving and awed awe that a god is held in. Amadioha, from a metaphysical standpoint, is the people’s collective will. He is also regarded as the god of love, peace, and unification in addition to being the creator. In Igboland, using his name in an oath carries a death sentence if breached. “Chi m le kwee – O wuru si o wu mu mere ihea, amadioha magbukwe m” is a popular phrase to hear (My god please see- If it is true that I did this thing, let Amadioha Kill me).

He never materialized as a person. Amadioha doesn’t carry a weapon of power like Thor carries his hammer or like Shango carries his axe, unlike his other thunder and lightning deities. White ram is used as his emblem. According to eyewitness accounts, Amadioha occasionally manifests himself to people as a huge white ram.

His governing planet according to astrology is the sun, and Anyanwu, the Igbo god of the sun, is frequently mentioned in connection with him.

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