Real Name: Shango

Identity/Class: Loa (African God)

Occupation: God of Storm and Thunder

Group Membership: The Loa (African gods)

Affiliations: Apollo, Horus, Indra, Quetzalcoatl, Tawa, Thor
worshipped by the Yoruba tribe

Enemies: Demogorge the God-Eater

Known Relatives: Lusa (father), Mahu (mother),
Sagbata, Damballah, Legba, Eschu, Loco, Zaca, Gu, Maou, Ogun (brothers);
Ayaba, Faa, Erzulie, Avlekete (sisters); Oya (wife); Nyambi (uncle); Asase-Ya (aunt), Anansi (cousin); Obatala (grandfather),
Odudua (grandmother),

Aliases: Chango, Sango, Sogbo, Xevioso

Base of Operations: Ala (a dimension similar to Asgard or Olympus)

First Appearance: Thor Annual#10 (1981)


Powers/Abilities: Shango presumably possesses greater powers than most of the African gods, perhaps even greater than  Lusa or Nyambi himself. He has superhuman strength (Class 50 or greater) and stamina. He also has certain mystical abilities to fly on clouds and some sensory awareness through his ofo rod, a mystical plant which takes on the characteristics of the world around it.




History: (Thor Annual#10) - Shango was recruited by Thor to confront Demogorge, the destructive aspect of the Elder God-spawn Atum, accidentally raised by seven death gods. Shango was one of the few to actually injure Demogorge with his throwing iron. However, he was consumed by the entity along with the death gods and his own allies. He was finally released when the monster rejected Thor. The shift in the creature's palate caused it to become Atum once more, thus freeing the swallowed gods.





(Doctor Strange III#17/2) - As Xevioso, Shango's origins and connections to voodoo are revealed from the Book of the Vishanti. (Xevioso is pictured standing, next to Ogun, the God of Iron).



Comments: Adapted by Alan Zelenetz and Bob Hall.

The African Gods seem to parallel the Asgardians in as much as they both constitute two smaller, interacting tribes of gods. In Asgard, it's the Aesir (heaven gods) and the Vanir (earth gods). In Africa, it's the Loa (gods of earth and the underworld) and the Orishas (gods of sky and heaven).

As often as I read Thor Annual 10, it becomes obvious that Thor caused Demogorge to vomit up the swallowed deities. Kind of looks bad on Thor, doesn't it?

Profile by William Uchtman.

Clarifications: None

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Thor Annual#10 (1982) - Mark Gruenwald & Alan Zelenetz (writers), Bob Hall (pencils), Rick Bryant, Andy Myshynsky, Al Gordon & Kevin Dzuban (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Dr. Strange III#17 (May, 1990) - Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier (writers), Geof Isheroowd (pencils), Mickey Ritter (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First Posted: 01/25/2002
Last Updated: 07/16/2004

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