Oshun and Chango, A match Made In Heaven
Everyone has heard of the phrase, “opposites attract”. That is the case in many situations in scenarios. Legend has it that Chango was the king of the Oyo, a great city in West Africa. He had numerous wives, but he was particularly fond of Oshun, the river goddess. Their marriage symbolizes a union of two great basic forces known as the feminine essence and the masculine power. This concept is similar to yin and yang and the ability of opposite forces to unite and same forces to repel and detract.
Chango is a representation of the ultimate masculine force. He is dynamic, stimulating, and logical. He is a deity of great height and represents the skies and the heavens. His color is red, and he is considered hot, and is able to produce heat by breathing fireballs from his mouth. The goddess Oshun, on the other hand represents yin. She is the ultimate female essence. She is static, calming, and intuitive, much like the rivers she resides in. Chango and Oshun, much like yin and yang characterize two different types of energy, also known as chi, or in Yoruba, ashe.
In Chinese philosophy as well as in African practices, everything in nature is perfectly balanced. If things become unbalanced then illness and malady may occur. Too much of Chango’s heat underlies pain and inflammation. Too much of Oshun’s coolness may cause blockages and stagnation. Both forces complement each other, and each force is needed to generate the spark needed for creation.
Chango’s heat can drive out Oshun’s cold. While Oshun’s cold can reduce Chango’s heat. Oshun and Chango, much like yin and yang are relative to each other and there is always a relationship fostering a certain condition. One flows into the other and then returns. Their partnerships gives people the ability to understand that they cannot comprehend cold without feeling heat. Their relationship evolves and becomes stronger because there is in inherent checks and balance system that allows them to feed off of each other’s strength.
Oshun’s ice, when warmed by Chango can become water. When Chango breathes out balls of fire, Oshun’s water becomes steam. In the Chinese system, as well as in African practice, all of life is a cycle of yin and yang, masculine and feminine, light and dark. When these forces come together, they generate an electric charge, or an unified supreme energy that sparked the creation of earth.
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