Ogun is the deity referred to as the god of iron. After the world was created by Olodumare (the Almighty God), some part of the world was filled with water while some other part was bushy. Olodumare started looking for a deity that would be sent to clear the bush for other deities that He was sending to the
world. Ogun (the god of iron)
agreed to clear the bush with his brass cutlass. Thereafter, deities like
Orunmila (the Oracle) and Esu (the god of war) were sent to join Ogun (the god of
iron) in the world. The three deities met each other at the cross roads and
from there they formed a tripod. Ogun is a powerful deity that clears the ways
for those who do not neglect to do his bidding. He is a deity known as the path
clearer and he rules the motorists, the bricklayers, the butchers and
carpenters. People doing any work relating to iron are advised to appease Ogun
because the iron is his symbol. The devotees of Ogun are mainly hunters because
Ogun himself used to be a good hunter while alive.
He was very good in using
his gun to kill animals while hunting. Ogun enjoyed drinking palm wine during
his lifetime which is one the items of things used to appease him today. Other things used to
appease Ogun are roasted yam, roasted corn, dog, a cockrel and schnapps. Some
Ogun devotees are good chanters and they are like the hunters who are very good
in using oral tradition to appease and praise Ogun.
Ogun onijan ole, ejemu to nj'Oluwanran,
Ogun O.... A.... aori, aose,
Akala funfun eyin osa,
Ogun abelepon fa riyeriye,
Elepon nke, Ogun nfa a,
Oko mi o ma ma lepon o o o!
Ijarayin ori o! Ogun ye e e e!!
Ijaranyin ori o! Ogun ye e e!!
Ogun a gbe wa o!!
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