Yoruba Tamba Heirloom Bead Necklace Symbolizing Orisha Ogun

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  • Tamba Heirloom Bead Necklace symbolizing Orisha Ogun
  • Approx. 42" long end to end.
  • Seed Bead size approx. 4mm
  • Strung on cotton cording with hand braided ties.
  • In Yoruba religion, Ogun is a primordial Orisha who first appeared as a hunter named Tobe Ode. He was the husband of Oya. He is said to be the first Orisha to descend to the realm of Ile Aiye ("Earth"), to find suitable place for future human life. In some traditions he is said to have cleared a path for the other gods to enter Earth using a metal ax and with the assistance of a dog. To commemorate this, one of his praise names, or oriki, is Osin Imole or the "first of the primordial Orisha to come to Earth". He is the god of war and metals.
  • In his earthly life Ogun is said to be the first king of Ife. When some of his subjects failed to show respect, Ogun killed them and ultimately himself with his own sword. He disappeared into the earth at a place called Ire-Ekiti, with the promise to help those who call on his name. His followers believe him to have wo ile sun, to have disappeared into the earth's surface instead of dying. Throughout his earthly life, he is thought to have fought for the people of Ire, thus is known also as Onire.
  • Ogun is the traditional deity of hunters, blacksmiths, and drivers in the Yoruba religion. Followers of traditional Yoruba religion can swear to tell the truth in court by "kissing a piece of iron in the name of Ogun." Drivers carry an amulet of Ogun to ward off traffic accidents.
  • Ogun's consecrated day is Tuesday; Sacred Metal is Iron, and his Orisha Colors are dark blue and greens.
  • Origin is Nigeria