Sogbo, with Lightning from His Mouth

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(Ewe, Fon/Benin)

So, the offspring of Mawu-Lisa, was like them, androgynous. So gave birth to the gods of the thunder pantheon. The thunder god is So (Sogbo, Hevioso), sometimes represented as a ram painted red: lightning is coming from his mouth and two axes ending in curves like lightning stand by his side.

Sogbo, living in the sky, produced a number of children. She is the greatest of all gods, but her son, who is called Agbe, exercises control over what occurs in the universe. He is charged with the care of the earth, but all who worship him know that Sogbo, his mother, actually created the world. Agbe came to earth the better to fulfill the mission Sogbo gave him, and for him the sea was created as a place in which to reside. The great parent on high no longer looks after the earth, because the world of men and beasts is too small to occupy her. The dominions of the sky, which are infinitely more populous, engage her attention. Thus, when Sogbo confided the rule of the earth to Agbe, she really assigned him a relatively small task. See also: Hevioso, Mawu-Lisa, Sagbata.

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