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Changó Axe

Catalog Number: B023


10 x 19


Religion and Denomination: Santería (Cuba, Yoruba)
Ethnographic Origin: Cuban (Caribbean)
Materials: Beads
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

This double-bladed axe is a clear representation of an object for Changó, who is a powerful and regal oricha of thunder and justice; usually imagined as strong and virile. Changó, a very popular oricha was known to be strong-willed and hot-blooded, loving all the pleasures of the world including key aspects of many traditional celebrations including, dance, drumming, and eating.

The red and white double-bladed axe is often known to be Changó’s divine weapon and it is also often symbolic of Changó.