Shango has had affairs with all the female Orishas. He represents the greatest number of virtues as well as human imperfections: hard working, brave, a loyal friend, fortuneteller and healer, he is also quarrelsome, a liar, a womanizer, a braggart, and a gambler.
He has had three wives: Oba, his lawful wife, Oshun, with whom he had the Ibeyis, and Oya.
Shango likes to ride, and his horse is his inseparable companion. He lives in a wooden receptacle with a lid.
His colors are red and white, and his number is 6.
He is syncretized with Saint Barbara and is celebrated December 4.