5 most feared and scary gods in Nigeria.
Apart from Christianity and Islamic religion, many Nigerians have a third type of worship—traditional worship. Years before the advent of Christianity and Islam in Nigeria, our forefathers have embraced traditional worship so tight that some of their offspring today, also embrace this form of worship.
Unfortunately, traditional worshipping is seen as idolatrous these days. Despite this, what were the most fearsome gods that were worshiped back then and still worship to a degree in our time? Today I’ll be showing you the top 5 most scary gods in Nigeria. Oh, Sango isn’t on this list and that surprises me. But because this is actually “most scary” and not “most powerful”, it does makes sense that he isn’t on the list. Yes, there were gods way more frightening that he was. And here is a list of them starting from the fifth. Enjoy
In Yoruba religion, Ogun was the first orisha to come to the earth. In some tales, he is said to have opened a way for other gods to come to the earth. He is the god of iron and metals. The way he died, how he is being worshipped and literally everything about him causes fear.
Just like Sango is the god of lightning and thunder to the Yorubas, Amadioha is the same to the Igbos. Astrologically, he is from the sun. The fact that he has never at any point in time, manifested himself as a human unlike many other gods, makes him really sound scary.
According to Yoruba tradition, Sopona is the god of small pox. The name “Sapona” is clearly shown to not be spoken aloud as this is a taboo. And that exactly makes him sound scary.
Ayelala is a powerful and respected deity because of her immense powers. It is known that witches who end up in the clutches of Ayelala would have no option but to confess their sins in the public. So creepy
Esu is arguably the scariest and most popular deity in Nigeria. There’s no shrine you’ll go to that you won’t see an image or representation of Esu. It’s important to note that this particular Esu is not the devil as the Yorubas also call the devil “Esu”.
Esu is mostly known as an executioner and also commands executions. What could be more frightening than that?