The flaming cockscrew etches sharp affinities
(No dream, no vision, no delirium of the dissolute)
When roaring vats of an unstoppered heaven deluge
Earth in fevered distillations, potent with
The fire of the axe-handed one
Wole Soyinka in the above excerpt of his poem Idanre speaks here about Sango, the Yoruba deity known for thunderstorms, lightning and whose adherents honour him with fire eating performances.
It’s a pleasure to see school children being encouraged to dramatise aspects of Yoruba history. The students of Ibadan Grammar School present Sango in a fire eating display in the following photos.
Learn the popular facts about the Yoruba deity Shango in this video
Video credit : Hidden Black History’s Channel
Photos kindly supplied by Khalid Ayanshina of the Afrikambo dance group