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Real Name

Shango; Changó; Xangô; Jakuta

First Appearance

Yoruba Myth

Created by

Yoruba Folklore

Shango (known as Changó or Xangô in Latin America; and also known as Jakuta) (from '=shan, 'to strike') is an Orisha. He is syncretized with either Saint Barbara or Saint Jerome. Shango is historically a royal ancestor of the Yoruba as he was the third Alafin (king) of the Oyo Kingdom prior to his posthumous deification.


  • Shango is venerated in the Spanish Santería and Palo (known as Changó); the Portuguese Candomblé and Umbanda (known as Xangô); the Trinidad Orisha; the Haitian Vodou; and the Louisiana Voodoo.

  • While the original Shango is in the public domain the modern versions used by Marvel or DC are NOT in the public domain.

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