The Original Thor comic book character is based off of the African Orisha Shàngó (Chango, Xango). Shango is the Orisha of lightening, thunder, power, dance, passion, and sensuality. He is the epitome of all things masculine, and the dispenser of vengeance on behalf of the wronged. He has the power to win wars, defeat enemies, and gain power over others. He will ensure victory over all difficulties. Shàngó is believed to have once been a Yoruban king. According to Yoruba and Vodou belief systems, Shàngó hurls bolts of lightning at the people chosen to be his followers, leaving behind imprints of stone axe blade on the Earth's crust. These blades can be seen easily after heavy rains. Shango's acknowledgement gives you a great deal of power and self control. Shàngó altars often contain a carved figure of a woman holding a gift to the Orisha with a double-bladed axe sticking up from her head.
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