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Babalu-Aye is the god of healing and illness. He is known to be compassionate and humble, and often depicted with a crane or crutches.

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In Dahomey mythology, Shakpana (or Sopono, Sakpata) is the divinity of smallpox. He inflicted insanity and disease on humans. The equivalent in Yoruba mythology is Sopona, and in Orisha, Babalu Aye.

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