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Many are those that focus on female divinities, leaving male divinities in the shadows if they get mentioned at all. This is a shame. Here I will share my thoughts, stories and prayers on male divinities. Currently focusing on divinities placed in an atheist "graveyard".

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Ode to Ogun

I've been sitting on how to write about this divinity.  Of all the cultural deities I've written about, the Orishas of Vodun and Santeria, tend to give me the most pause.  I'm a child of the 80's, Angel Heart is alive in my subconscious I think.  I spend a lot of time searching for something that I could, should write about Ogun.  Today I stumbled upon a website that took me to my source.  I give you my ode.


Creation started with a chain

From Heaven to Earth’s Waters

Obatala climbed down

Creating land, spreading Earth


Obatala could not organize life

His tools were too weak

So Ogun came down the chain

Giving the desire to survive


Before there was need for metal

Before there was the desire for technology

What was needed was awareness

The desire to make a place for self


Ogun brought vitality and aliveness

Down the Heaven’s chain

He is the source, the spirit

The desire, the will, the need to survive


Survival of the Fittest

Is his ultimate test

Everything else derived from this

Metal, medicine, technology


Yet there must be balance

Unchecked aggression and procreation

Makes for an unviable community

Something more was needed


Orunmila came down the chain

Saving Ogun’s efforts on earth

Giving guidance on ethics and morals

bringing balance to the wheel of creation



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I'm an eclectic polytheist whose main divinities are Heru-ur, Bast, Sobek, Yinepu Isis, Zeus-Serapis, and Yemaya. I'm a mother, wife and Librarian living in the Rocky Mountains stumbling on my path and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Blessed be.


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