The Labor of Ogun
Happy Labor's Day to you all
War leader of the Orisha
God of Iron and Technology
God of Leadership and Revolution
Patron God of Crafts, Labor and Humanity
In the Yoruba religion in West Africa, Ogun is the war leader of the Orisha, a fierce and indomitable fighter with a mind and fist of iron. He represents a cool head and reliable leadership on the battlefield, but at the same time also embodies the insane bloodlust of war and violence. As one of the very first of the Orisha to descend to the world, he is a leader among his people and the patron god of industry and craft, a metal-worker of great skill and the god of iron as well as one of the most highly-praised hunters among the Orisha.
Unlike many of his brethren, Ogun is known to occasionally receive blood sacrifices, which are offered to him to ensure that he continues to provide the bounty of the hunt and the harsh but fair judgment that governs the lives of mankind. In modern African courts, those who worship Ogun swear not upon the Bible but on a scrap of the iron that he possesses. He is a precisely-controlled source of violence, sometimes tempering his half-brother Shango's unruly fury, but also as much of a source to be reckoned with and feared when he succumbs to the dreaded battle fever.
Ogun is a beloved divine archetype of the warrior god similar to the Greek god Ares or Norse God Thor. He is handsome, strong, virile, young and strong. His legs are muscular because he runs through the wilderness surveying his worldly territory. His arms are muscular because he hauls the heavy irons and metals that also make him the patron saint of hunters, artisans, craftsman, ironworkers, toolmakers and those who does labor and construction.
In the Yoruba Creation myth, Obatala came from Heaven to Earth down the chain with a seashell, a guinea hen, sand and ikin. He poured the sand on the waters, then he dropped the hen on the earth. The chicken started scratching the sand and made the first land mass. This land is called Ile Ife. The words "Ile Ife" means "spreading Earth." It is a reference to the first land mass and it is the name of the sacred city of Ifá which is currently in Osun State in Nigeria.
Obatala tried to get life organized and failed because his tools were too weak. Ogun came from Heaven to Earth with the secret of the mystery of Iron and was able to create cities in the Jungle. But the Ifá myth also says that Ogun's methodology was not fully effective. As a result, Orunmila came to Earth to correct the mistakes made by Ogun.
He is the Patron of all craftsmen
He is also known for his intense fucking skills