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Aganju (known as Agayú or Aganyú in Latin America) is an Orisha. He is syncretized with Saint Christopher. Aganju is strongly associated with Shango, being either Shango's father or his brother; both Orishas being members of the deified royal family of Oyo.


In yorubaland of Nigeria and Benin Republic, Aganju is a deified warrior king of Saki town in present day Oyo state, Nigera. He was said to walk with a sword. Saki is in the northern part of yorubaland that is hilly and rocky.

Latin America[edit]

In Cuba, Aganju is a volcano deity for the practitioners of Santeria/Lucumi religion. But there are no volcanoes in yorubaland, nor is Aganju associated with volcanoes among the yoruba people.

In Brazil, Aganju is generally considered an avatar/manifestation/quality of the orisa Sango (Xango).

Further reading[edit]

  • Jo Anna Hunter, Oro Pataki Aganju: A Cross Cultural Approach Towards the Understanding of the Fundamentos of the Orisa Aganju in Nigeria and Cuba, In Orisa Yoruba God and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora, edited by Toyin Falola, Ann Genova. New Jersey: Africa World Press, Inc. 2006.
  • Charles Spencer King.,"Nature's Ancient Religion" ISBN 978-1-4404-1733-7
  • Charles Spencer King, "IFA Y Los Orishas: La Religion Antigua De LA Naturaleza" ISBN 1-4610-2898-1