african pantheon

A small list of African deities

ALA/ALE - Nigeria. Earth Mother and creator goddess. Community laws, morality, and oaths.

ASA - Kenya. God of mercy, surviving the impossible or insurmountable.

FA - Dahomey. God of personal destiny.

FAMIAN - Guinea. God of fertility and protector against demons.

KATONDA - East Africa. God of judgment, and against all odds, and divination.

MBABA MWANA WARESA - Zulu. Goddess of the rainbow and crops.

MUKURU - Southwest Africa. God of rain, healing, and protection.

MUNGO - Kenya. God of rain.

NYAME - West Africa. God who prepared the soul for rebirth.

OGIJN - West Africa. God of iron and warfare, removal of difficulties, and justice.

OLORUN - Yoruba. God of truth, foreseeing, and victory against odds.

RUBANGA - Banyoro. God of fertility, children, harvest, health, and rebirth.

SHANGO - Nigeria. God of storm and war.

WELE - Bantu. God of rain, storms, creativity, and prosperity.

YEMAYA - Yoruba. Goddess of women and children.

Yet another windfall from Conway’s Little Big Book of Magic


We’re wrapping up our look at pantheons with Yoruba religion from West Africa!

G O D S . A N D . G O D D E S S E S
west african pantheon; oshosi
the god of hunt and justice

“He dwells in the woods and is a great hunter and warrior. According to a sacred story, when Oshosi lived on earth as a human, he was given a special task by Eleguá: he needed to hunt and trap a rare bird that Orula wanted to give to Olofi as a gift. Oshosi found the bird easily and put it in a cage, he then left to tell Orula that he had the bird.  

While Olofi was out, his mother came home and found the bird in the cage. Upon his return, he found the body and knew not who had killed the bird. Alas, he found another and offered it to Olofi, who was so impressed he made Oshosi an Oricha and asked him if there was anything else he wanted. The hunter replied, yes, he wanted to shoot an arrow into the air and have it pierce the heart of the person who killed the other bird. His wish was granted. Oshosi released the arrow, and it struck his mother’s heart.

m o r e . a e s t h e t i c s

for my dearest @the-swivel-of-dejection


From director Nosa Igbinedion comes the 2nd installment of the Rise of the Orisha series. Set in the exciting new shared fictional universe made up of a pantheon of African deities known as Orisha, which was established in the highly successful and widely viewed short ‘Oya Rise of the Orisha’ . This chapter focuses on the Orisha of the ocean, the mother whose children are fish, Yemoja.


Born on this day…

James Forten: Black Abolitionist & Businessman

September 2, 1766 - March 4, 1842


A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten – Julie Winch

In A Gentleman of Color, Julie Winch provides a vividly written, full-length biography of James Forten, one of the most remarkable men in 19th-century America.

Forten was born in 1766 into a free black family. As a teenager he served in the Revolution and was captured by the British. Rejecting an attractive offer to change sides, he insisted he was a loyal American. By 1810 he was the leading sailmaker in Philadelphia, where he became well known as an innovative craftsman, a successful manager of black and white employees, and a shrewd businessman.

He emerged as a leader in Philadelphia’s black community and was active in a wide range of reform activities. He was especially prominent in national and international antislavery movements, served as vice-president of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and became close friends with William Lloyd Garrison, to whom he lent money to start up the Liberator.

Forten was also the founder of a remarkable dynasty. His children and his son-in-law were all active abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, published a famous diary of her experiences teaching ex-slaves in South Carolina’s Sea Islands during the Civil War.

When James Forten died in 1842, five thousand mourners, black and white, turned out to honor a man who had earned the respect of society across the racial divide. This is the first serious biography of Forten, who stands beside Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pantheon of African-Americans who fundamentally shaped American history.