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FANTASY FRIDAY X FIRE FORCE: OGUN


Ogun (オグン, Ogun) is a Third Generation and member of Special Fire Force Company 4.


His name is based on Ogun, the West African god of war and metal work in traditional Yoruba mythology that is tied to blacksmiths and tool makers. Ogun's connection to Yoruba culture is further implied as several of his attacks are named after the Yoruba as well as his flaming tattoos that resemble tribal tattooing.


Ogun, or Onire, is the god of war and iron of the Yoruba people of West Africa. In Yoruba lore, Ogun and the other gods climbed down to earth on a spiderweb. When creation was completed, the gods realized that people needed to clear more land in the forest where they lived.


Unfortunately, the only tools available were made of soft metal, a material not suitable for cutting down trees. However, Ogun had been given the secret of iron by Orunmila, son of the supreme god Olorun, and he used an iron ax to clear the forest. Ogun later shared the secret of iron with the other gods and with humans. He also showed them how to shape the iron into weapons.


Though a fierce god, Ogun is not evil and will help those who pray to him. Yoruba blacksmiths have traditionally sacrificed dogs to Ogun, and each year they hold a three-day festival in his honor.


Catch our adaptation of the Orisha Ogun in Chapter #3 of Shango.


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