Chango’s Feast Day: Beware There Could Be Flames!

Dance of Chango, Orisha of Thunder by Byron Howes licensed under CC by 2.0

The last time I wrote a blog post about Chango one irate commenter told me to “cease and desist. “ The post and the accompanying incendiary recipe can be found here. The back and forth in the discussion got a little heated. Of course it did, Chango is the lord of Fire. The barebacked rider on the roar of thunder. The King who did not hang. December 4 is the traditional date for the feast of the Orisha Chango in La Regla Lucumi, more commonly known as Santeria. This date coincides with the … [Read more...]

Santeria Etiquette 101: Can’t Touch This….

Santeria Catholics, Havana, Cuba. Photo by Bruce Tuten.

A Way of Life Santeria, more correctly known as Lucumi, is a religion, a tradition, a way of life. It has at it's core a belief in the existence of Ashe, a universal life force which permeates all things. There is the Ashe of divine fire, represented by the Orisha Chango. The sweet river is the Ashe of the love goddess Oshun flowing to her followers. Everything, absolutely everything, contains it's own sanctified energy and it is all connected. When Will It End? Those not in “Santo,” or … [Read more...]

King Chango Cashew Chili Recipe

Altar for Chango Feast and Ritual, photo by Lilith Dorsey

King Chango is the Santeria Lord of fire, passion, and the drum. His consummate masculinity shines through in all that he does, even when he wears his wife's clothing as a disguise. Chango is a warrior god, said to wield a double edged sword of justice. If you are interested in more information about Chango, I recommend the book Santeria: A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic by Luis Manuel Nunez. This recipe is suitable to use for any Chango feast or ceremony, or when you just want to … [Read more...]


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