Shango (Yoruba language: Ṣàngó, also known as Changó or Xangô in Latin America; and also known as Jakuta) (from ‘=shan, ‘to strike’) is an Orisha. He is syncretized with either Saint Barbara or Saint Jerome. Historically, Shango is a royal ancestor of the Yoruba as he was the third Alafin (king) of the Oyo Kingdom prior to his posthumous deification. He is the Orisha over lightening and seen using one or two axes.
He reigned for seven years which were marked by his continuous campaigns and many battles. His reign ended due his inadvertent destruction of his palace by lightning. He had three wives, namely Oshun, Oba, and Oya. The Oyo Empire declined in the 19th century which led to the enslavement of Fulani and Fon people. Among them were many followers of Ṣàngó, and worship of the deity thrived in the New World. Strong devotion to Ṣàngó led to Yoruba religions in Trinidad and Recife, Brazil to be named after the god.
In Yorubaland, Sango is worshiped on the fifth day of the week in which is named Ojo Jakuta. One significant thing about this deity is that it is worshiped using red clothing, just as he is said to have admired red attire during his lifetime.