YORUBA DEITY: A Warrior, River Goddess Of Beauty, Sensuality And Love – ‘Oshun’

In one myth, Oshun is incensed by her devotees and sends down rain, nearly flooding the world. Yet, once she is appeased, Oshun saves Earth from destruction by calling back the waters.

Oshun, the wife of Orisha Oko is pictured as a furrow to be plowed and a giant vulva, while her husband Orisha Oko is a farmer and pictured as a giant phallus, the god of Agriculture cult

The festival of Osun-Osgobo, which takes place every year in Osogbo, Nigeria, celebrates the goddess of fertility, Osun.

This is one of Oshun’s most obviously procreative manifestations.

The festival renews the contract between humans and the divine: Osun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove

Tradition holds that the first interaction between Oshun and human beings took place in Osogbo (Oshogbo), Nigeria.

Osun, the goddess of beauty, sensuality and love was said to be the favourite Orisha of Obatala because of her beauty. Oshun is the Goddess of the river and is especially worshipped in river- towns, like the other Orishas

The peacock and the vulture are sacred to her. Offerings to Oshun include sweet things such as honey, mead, white wine, oranges, sweets, or pumpkins, as well as perfumes. If a goddess ever was a diva, it was Oshun.

There are accounts of how she manipulated other gods with her beauty. History had it that manipulated Ogun who was pissed and went into the woods. This became a problem because Ogun is the god of Iron, craft and civilization. All the iron tools stopped working and the village began to fall apart.

Each one of the Orishas tried in vain to get him to come back but he disagreed.

Finally, Oshun, in a very sexy outfit went out to the forest. She had her “honey pot” tied around her waist as usual. She began to dance and as she moved, Ogun watched her from afar. She kept dancing and he kept getting closer, When he got within arms reach of her she dipped her hand into her honey pot and then
smeared some of the honey onto his lips.

Ogun was enchanted, he followed the goddess from behind back to civilization.

According to different Ifa verses and the history Osun; there many male Orisa that make attempt to marry Osun but at the end Orunmila is her husband, Osun is very powerful women and all Orisa recognize her important among them,(Said in odu-ifa Ose tua).

She is the main Orisa of Osogbo (state capital of Osun), she has many followers mostly females.

Why did Osun turn to a river?

In Yoruba cosmology, Osun was said to have metamorphosed into a river as a result of a misunderstanding between her and “Oba”, a co-wife of Sango. The Osun River takes its source from Igede-Ekiti, flows through Ilesha to Osogbo town and empties itself in the Atlantic Ocean. Osun River in Osun state-source of origin. It is a sacred and reserved area where dirt and other unlawful activities are not meant to take place.

History of the Festival

On the river-side, Yeye Osun the river goddess appeared from the water in front of Olutimehin and requested him to lead people to a special place (the present-day Osogbo town). The goddess promised to protect the group and bring them prosperity in return for an annual sacrifice to her.

How is Osun celebrated?

Events lined up for the festival include the traditional cleansing of Osogbo, which is known as ‘Iwopopo’, on August 1, followed by the lighting of the 500-year-old six-point lamp called ‘Atupa oloju merindinlogun’ which comes up three days after the cleansing of the land.

Important Of Osun

She is goddess of love, fertility in all senses and of multiplication (for more of everything are children, money, success, good luck, hope, protection) She is the keeper of our love.

She is worshiped to have luck in love, to have luck in business too so that our efforts would be crowned with success.

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