The Image of Shango
Shango is always seen with a double-headed axe, representing justice and symbolizing thunder. He is typically depicted as being surrounded by fire, wearing red and white robes and a crown on his head. He is said to live in a shallow, covered wooden bowl, called a batea, which is placed on a pilon, or pedestal. Beads of red and white, known as elekes, are worn to represent his two favorite colors. Double-headed thunderstones, believed to contain powerful mystical energy, symbolize Shango and his control over thunder and lightning.