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Shango. Yoruba god of thunder and focus of a cult mainly in Trinidad and Granada, which is primarily of 19th-cent. African origin, and resembles Jamaican Pocomania, Cuban Santería, and the Afro-Brazilian cults. Animal sacrifices may be made to the particular deity whose practical help is sought through possession of his devotee or through simple forms of divination or by dreams and prophecy; healing and exorcism of evil spirits are also prominent.