One of Orisha Ogun’s praise names is "Aladaa Meji", meaning "the one with two cutlasses", in Spanish "machetes". One he uses to work on the farm, one to clear the road, as the Yoruba say “o fi okan san’ko, o fi okan ye’na”. In Cuba his traditional colors on the "ileke", the beaded necklaces, would be black and green. The cutlasses or machetes show as his symbol the warrior attitude as the god of iron and civilization. Here in this design they are crossed, like in the ancient heraldic symbol for fight or war.
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