OGUN – PAPA OGGUN – LORD OF IRON “Papa Ogoun You of the unflinching leopard stare. You whose eyes bore into us. As you look up from the work. You are doomed to do eternally. You know the darknesses within us, The beasts caged by such flimsy bars; The silent round of toil, The dedication, The rhythm of hammer on…Read more
SYMBOLS, NUMBERS, COLORS, ASSOCIATIONS
Number: 3 and 7
Sacred Place in Nature: In the wilderness, forests, the train tracks
Colors: Green and black
Tools: Hammer, anvil, machete, hoe, shovel, pick, pike, rake, all tools.
Temperament: Hard-working, inventive, brooding, prone to anger.
Syncretized Catholic Saint: Saint Peter ”
Ogun’s Caminos (Avatars or “Roads”)
Ogun was one of the most widely worshipped orishas amongst the Yoruba people and neighboring tribes. Consequently, he has many caminos or “roads”. Each road has a slightly different temperament and is found in a different place in nature. Here is but a sampling of his caminos.
- Ogún Onilé – This path of Ogun establishes himself as the king of new lands and is a benevolent chief.
- Ogún Shibirikí (Chibiriquí) – The assassin who creates his own weapons and is driven by blood lust.
- Ogún Meji – A dual-natured path of Ogun that is both benevolent and loving to his children but then violent and merciless against his enemies.
- Ogún Kobu Kobu – The foreman who drives his workers with a whip.
- Ogún Alagbede – The blacksmith who crafts tools and weapons tirelessly at his forge.
Offerings for Ogun
Ogun has a big appetite and will eat almost anything. He enjoys plantains, smoked fish, jutía, pomegranates, grapes, watermelons, cigars, rum, gin, bananas, he-goat, rooster, and pigeons.
Below are some recipes for addimús you can prepare for Ogún.
Fried Plantains for Ogún (Tostones)
Ogún loves green plantains and there is no tastier way to prepare them than to fry them up as tostones.
- Get yourself three green plantains.
- Cut them into 1.5 inch tall cylinders.
- Pour about half an inch of corn oil into a skillet and bring it up to medium heat.
Once the oil is hot, gently place the plantains into the corn oil and allow them to fry until they are lightly brown on all side. Remove the plantains from the oil with a slotted metal spatula and place them on a piece of brown paper bag.
Fold the brown paper bag over the plantain and squash the plantain down into the shape of a coin or disk about half an inch in thickness. Turn up the heat on the oil to high and once the oil has reach the right temperature return the squashed plantains to the oil. This time fry them up until they are golden brown.
Once they are done remove them from the oil and allow them to drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Salt the tostones to taste. Place the tostones on a plate and put a dab of palm oil on the top of each of the tostones.
HOW TO OFFER CEREMONIALLY TO HOUSE SPIRITS OR OGUN
Place a woven mat (estera) on the ground, place Ogún’s cauldron on the mat, and place the plate of tostones next to him as an offering. Leave the offering in place as determined by divination. When the right time to remove the offering has come, dispose of the offering either in the wilderness or near a train track as determined through divination.
Rum-Soaked Watermelon for Ogún
Here is a great addimú for Ogún and it’s easy for those of you that have trouble cooking. Get a large watermelon with seeds. Cut it open and shop the red flesh into 1.5 inch cubes. Place these in a large bowl. Drizzle a generous amount of rum over the watermelon and give them a good toss so that all of the pieces are covered with rum.
Allow the watermelon to sit for about 15 minutes then add a bit more rum and give it another good toss. Pick up the pieces of watermelon with a slotted spoon and place them in a serving dish.
To present this to Ogun, place him on a woven grass mat (estera) on the ground and place the bowl of drunk watermelon next to him. It’s a great way to cool and placate Ogún and gain his favor. Remove the addimu when divination indicated to remove it and dispose of the watermelon either in the wilderness or near a train track as dictated through divination.