PATAKI OF OGUN.
There is a Pataki of Ogún that says that a long time ago he was working hard in the forest. He arrived back to his town and notice that the people of the town were actually not giving him the recognition that he deserved. Ogún worked all day at this and one day his longtime friend Eleguá came to visit him. Eleguá told Ogún that it seemed like no one really paid him any attention in the town and all they did was use him for his talents.
Ogún noticing and listening carefully to Eleguá stood up and turned off the fire that he used to heat up his metals. He grabbed his machete and Oti (liquor) and walked into the forest without saying a word. Eleguá looked at his friend that just walked until he disappeared amongst the bushes. Days upon days, the town grew weary and all life came to a standstill. Everyone noticed that Ogún’s house was empty and dark and there was no sign of anyone being there for days. Farmers needed new tools for their plows, soldiers needed new armory. Even the orishas who came to Ogún as well were in need of tuning their essentials. Oyá needed her sable sharpened, Ochosi needed new arrow points, Orisha Okó needed a new plow for his crops. Everyone wondered where Ogún was.
The orishas called upon Olofi who came to the town and asked them why they are looking for Ogún. Everyone started to say what they needed, what they wanted and so on. Olofi then told them, did they ever stop to thank Ogún for his work. Did they ever pay homage to the great orisha who works day and night due to his own curse that he put on himself to work day and night? Everyone stayed quiet as the great Olofi was talking. Olofi said that Ogún has retreated deep into the forest and let’s see who can get him to come back.
Olofi said he was not going to interfere, that he was going to let the orishas and humankind delegate on how to get Ogún back to civilization. Each orisha, one by one went deep into the forest in search for Ogún. Eleguá went looking for his friend and found him sitting by a rock sharpening his machete. Ogún saw him and chased Eleguá until Eleguá came out of the forest gasping for air. Oyá went to look for Ogún and when she found him, he grabbed her and threw across the woods with one swirl of his arm. Oyá came back out staggering. Yemayá went, Ochosi went, Changó went, but none succeeded. All the Orishas went but one, the youngest who requested permission to go Ochún.
Everyone laughed at her idea because she was the youngest and least knowledgeable of the woods and to face Ogún with the rage that he was in, it would be dangerous. Olofi gave her his blessings and Ochún grabbed 5 yellow cloths, her pouch and marched into the woods. Ochún saw Ogún from far working on some tools and she started to use her tactics. She went to the river that was nearby and she got undressed. While all of this Ochún is singing and laughing to herself. Showing the lovely and admirable side of her. Ogún heard the singing and laughing and wondered where it was coming from. He glimpsed Ochún bathing naked in the river and was blinded by her beauty. Ochún came out of the river and caressed her body with her main implement, oni (honey).
She rubbed it all over while laughing and singing. Without Ogún’s knowledge, Ochún went behind Ogún and smeared some of her honey on his lips. The great orisha was like a tame beast. He was dumbfounded and was in a trance. Ochún walked slowly while giving a seductive dance and dropped one of the yellow cloths on the ground. Ogún still in a trance slowly grabbed the cloth and followed the seductive orisha. Ochún kept her composure and glimpsed at Ogún from the corner of her eye and noticed that he was coming out of the trance, so she danced up to him and smeared more honey on his lips to reinforce the trance. Ogún was caught again and continued to follow Ochún picking up another cloth.
Ochún continued to do this until she got near to the town. She dropped the 5th cloth and smeared more honey on Ogún’s lips and walked him straight into town where everyone was waiting in shock to see that this young orisha was able to bring the great forge man to town. When Ogún reached the center of the town, everyone started to cheer in Ogún’s name. Everyone ran to Ogun and told him how they were sorry for not giving him his homage. All the townsmen brought out the best liquor and foods and they beat the drums in honor of Ogún. Olofi turned to everyone and stated that this was a lesson needed to be learned.
When one does something nice for you, you should always be respectful and be humble to that person because you never know when you will need them again. Olofi blinked his eye at the lovely Ochún and retreated back to the heavens. From that day on Ogún has always been recognized for his actions and he has always received the homage that he deserves.