Ṣàngó Festival 2018
Celebrated annually in Oyotunji on the last weekend in July, Ṣàngó Festival is a reminder to the people of Oyotunji and all worshipers that the power of Òrìṣà and Ancestors are very real. Ṣàngó has numerous manifestations including Airá, Agodo, Afonja, Lubé, and Obomin. The natural forces associated with Ṣàngó are fire and lightning. His most prominent ritual symbol is the oshe, a double-headed battle-ax. Statues representing Ṣàngó often show the oshe emerging directly from the top of his head, indicating that war and the slaying of enemies are his essential attributes. The oshe is also used by Ṣàngó's priesthood. While dancing, priests hold a wooden oshe close to their chests as protection or swing it in a wide chest-high arc. During Ṣàngó ’s reign, he selected the bata drum as the specific kind of drum to be played for him. Ṣàngó is said to have played bata drums to summon storms; they continue to be used by his devotees for that purpose.