Ogun: Sacrifice to the iron god in Nigeria| The Wider Image

September 29, 2015
(Chief priest Gbenga Saala raises a cutlass to kill a dog during an annual prayer and sacrifice celebration of the iron god Ogun in Abuja, Nigeria, June 23, 2015. Every year worshippers offer a dog as sacrifice to Ogun, a traditional Nigerian deity, in hope of an auspicious year ahead. Taxi drivers, blacksmiths, panel beaters and mechanics - trades that depend on metal for their livelihood - pay homage to Ogun, led by high priest Gbenga Saala. As part of the ceremony, the priest pours the dog’s blood on symbols of these workers’ trade: keys, spanners and other tools piled up in a metal barrel. Picture taken June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

(Chief priest Gbenga Saala raises a cutlass to kill a dog during an annual prayer and sacrifice celebration of the iron god Ogun in Abuja, Nigeria, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

A male dog pays a heavy price each year as taxi drivers offer a sacrifice to the iron god Ogun, part of Nigeria’s traditional religious beliefs, in the hopes of an auspicious year ahead.

Blacksmiths, panel beaters and mechanics, trades also depending on metal, pay homage to Ogun deity too, led by their high priest Gbenga Saala.

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