Chango rules over all forms of fire, including fevers, and is a being of passion and power. He is celebrated for his virility and his risk-taking, for he is a womanizer and an inveterate gambler. Children of Chango are known for their high energy, inventive intelligence, and their pride, which, when they are opposed, can develop into arrogance; they may have strong tempers and are easily provoked to anger. The twin-bladed thunder-axe of Chango can both create and destroy.
Chango's colours are red and white, and his numbers are 4 and 6. Typically his necklace is made by alternating groups of 6 red beads and 6 white beads. The 4th day of each month is a good day to perform the works of Chango, as is any Friday. In addition to the axe, Chango is symbolized by other weapons, including the dagger, the mace, the sword, and the machete -- and he can be represented by a pair of ram's horns.
Offerings to Chango include bitter kola, palm oil, pomegranates, and pumpkins. His favourite foods are cornmeal and okra porridge, bananas, red apples, and red wine. His animals include roosters, rams, bulls, turkeys, and Guinea fowl. Herbs connected with Chango are sarsaparilla, cedar wood, laurel, plantain, rue, and rose of Jericho.
The name Chango Macho -- "Male Chango" -- may seem almost redundant when applied to such a manly being, but in the African Diaspora it helps to distinguish the masculine African Chango from his female Diasporic Catholic "cover," Saint Barbara. The synthesis of Chango with Barbara arose because Barbara is dressed in red and white, Chango's colours, and holds a sword, Chango's weapon. Furthermore, the men who killed Barbara with that sword were immediately struck dead by lightning, Chango's supernal attribute. Thus, in the New World, the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4th, is celebrated as a festival of Chango-Barbara, while African Chango Macho is depicted with masculine symbols, as on this Lucky Mojo vigil candle label.
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