Origin of the name SANGO.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name SANGO.
This is the name of a Yoruba god of thunder and lightning, meaning
"fire." (A Vocabulary of
the Yoruba Language, Crowther-Vidal, 1852)
32. Fire may
indicate "punishment"; thus: Sango (Shango) is the name
of the god of thunder and lightning of the Yorubas. Thunder and
lightning in Yoruba are most awfully grand, the peals of thunder being
often terrificly loud and powerful, shaking the very ground under one;
and the flashes of lightning are not only exceedingly vivid, but great
masses of fire, and often destructive, people being killed and houses
set on fire by it, and from fear thousands of poor ignorant heathen
people worship this terrible and destructive god, that he may not punish
them. When there is a storm thousands of the worshippers
perambulate the streets, shout mightily with every peal of thunder and
flash of lightning. And when a thatch roof of a house or compound
is set on fire, many assemble there and sing and dance around the
burning place, making no attempt, nor permitting any one to attempt to
put the fire out, shouting, "It is holy fire, the fire of Sango."
They say: "Sango punishes the owner for some offence, by
burning down his house."... (Journal of the Royal
Institute of Great Britain & Ireland, v.14, 1885)