Although in Cuba Oggún is not seen as a creator deity , his role as head warrior in the Ajogun is extremely important . Noted by the world famous Akpwon in his documentary on Oggún.
Although it is said that Eleggua eats first , it truly is Oggún is the master of the knife (Obé) that cuts the throat of the sacrificed victim , thus tasting the blood first, the knife is the symbol of Oggún himself. Even when a metal knife is not used to sacrifice an animal , it is still Oggún that represents the life force,since anytime that life force is released in a ritualistic manner or fashion , Oggún is said to have been present. Working closely with Eshu, Oggún has the ability and power to clear away all the obstacles that stand before us on our path to spiritual growth , Oggún is also the primal source of the ase (power) that sustains Creation . Oggún the owner of all metal, and should be considered a orisha that is indispensable in all the ceremonies and sacrifices of Santeria .his presence with man is constant , For he is the one that we have to ask for his ache and energy to allow mankind to work. Oggún the one that makes it possible for mankind to create from the smallest objects made by hand to the Building Engineers to create skyscrapers . According to the Yoruba Mythology Oggún sentenced himself to never sleep or rest as long as the world was turning. For this the work of mankind never ceases . While part of mankind is asleep the other half of mankind is helping the world to advance. When one speaks of this orisha they speak of his spirit of warrior and his brute force, this is the force that allows him to help mankind to generate their activities that help their way of life . Oggún the owner of all metals that exist on the earth , is the owner of the blacksmiths the mechanics , architecture Engineers , military officers , sculptors , conductors of trains , fire-fighters, butchers , hairdressers , Tattoo artists and also surgeons in the medical fields, For Oggún is the one that guides their hands in operations . Nobody should lay on a operating table with out his blessings. In the History eyes Oggún has the same temperament of warrior. Son to Odudua ( founder of Ile Ife) a terrible and savage warrior. He battled the city of ARA and destroyed it . He also battled many other cities and always was victorious. It was in the city of IRE where he had his biggest mark and Honors as a warrior. There he took procession of the thrown by overthrowing the King and self proclaimed himself “Onire”; (king of IRE) only later to leave there , but leaving his son to rule in his absence . Oggún ,turns out to be the most energetic son of Oduduwa , and he took the thrown when his father became blind so he was not only king of IRE but also IFE . In the year 1952 on a visit to Nigeria that the Investigator Pierre Fatumbi Verger ( Babalawo) had a conversation with the ONI (king of the Yoruba’s) According to the ONI’s words this is small story of Oggún Oggún had not visited the land of Ife in many years after he was proclaimed King, But he had left this land and his thrown to his son. After returning he found that the inhabitants had made a ceremony where they all stayed in complete silence , Upon his return nobody had recognized him for being away so long . This situation had bothered Oggún who was tired and hungry from his travels . Oggún had lost his temper and control and began to break everything with his inseparable machete. His actions where cruel and in-controllable with this he attacked not only objects but also his servants . This continued till his son brought him his favorite foods ..which he digested in fervor . After his meal Oggúun was ashamed of his actions after seeing the destruction he had caused , it was in this moment that Oggún realized that his time on the earth had passed and he had lived a long life. He lowered his machete in the direction of the earth and pronounced a few words , a Loud noise deafened the people present and Oggún had disappeared into the earth . A few people that where present remembered these words and recited them in Battle and from this time on they where remembered by the Yoruba. For Oggún permitted them to be used and recited that he would come to their aide in Battle or when in need. Written by Ota Omi Head writer for My Yoruba 101