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Shango is worshipped in Haitian Vodun, as a god of thunder and weather; in Brazilian Candomblé Ketu (under the name Xangô); in Umbanda, as the very powerful loa Nago Shango; and as the equivalent of St. Barbara in Santería, wherein he is called Chango.
Shango was the fourth king of the Yorùbá, and deified after his death; mythologically, he (along with 14 others) burst forth from the goddess Yemaja's body after her son, Orungan , attempted to rape her for the second time. He has three wives; his favorite (because of her excellent cooking) is Oshun, a river goddess. Another wife, Oba, another river goddess, offered Shango her ear to eat. He scorned her and she became the Oba River , which combines in dangerous rapids with the Oshun River . Lastly, Oya was Shango's third wife, and stole the secrets of his powerful magic.
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