Oshunalso spelled Osunan orisha deity of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Oshun is commonly called the river orisha, or goddess, in the Yoruba religion and is typically associated with waterpurity, fertilitylove, and sensuality.
She is considered one of the most powerful of all orishas, and, like other gods, she possesses human attributes such as vanity, jealousy, and spite. Several myths exist concerning Oshun and her significance as a Yoruba deity.
In most Yoruba stories, Oshun is generally depicted as the protector, saviour, or nurturer of humanity. Oshun has also been described as the maintainer of spiritual balance or mother of sweet things.
One myth highlights Oshun as the central figure in the creation of human beings. The Yoruba people believe that the orishas were sent by Olodumare, who is considered the Supreme God, to populate the Earth.
Oshun, being one of the original 17 sent to Earth, was the only female deity. The other gods, all male, failed at their attempts to revive and populate the Earth. When they realized they were unable to complete the task given to them by Olodumare, they tried to persuade Oshun to help them. Oshun agreed and brought forth her sweet and powerful waters, bringing life back to Earth and humanity and other species into existence. As that Yoruba myth suggests, humanity would not exist if Oshun, the goddess of life and fertility, had not acted.
Other myths hold that Oshun is one of the wives of Shangothe god of thunder. She is commonly described as the favourite of all orishas by Olodumare, because of her beauty and sensuality. In yet another Yoruba story, Oshun is depicted as the goddess who not only gives life but also takes it. When angered, Oshun may flood Earth or destroy crops by withholding her waters, thereby causing massive droughts.
In one myth, Oshun is incensed by her devotees and sends down rain, nearly flooding the world. Yet once she has been appeased, Oshun saves Earth from destruction by calling back the waters.
Tradition holds that the first interaction between Oshun and human beings took place in Osogbo OshogboNigeria. That city is considered sacred, and it is believed to be fiercely protected by the water goddess. Oshun is said to have given the people who went to her river permission to build the city and promised to provide for them, protect them, and grant their prayers if they worshipped her dutifully, making the obligatory offerings, prayers, and other rituals.
Out of that first encounter between the people of Osogbo and Oshun evolved the Oshun festival, which is still practiced today by the Yoruba people. Every year Oshun devotees and other people of the Yoruba religious tradition go to the Oshun River to pay homage, make sacrifice, and ask for a variety of things such as wealth, children, and better health. Although other orishas are honoured during the festival, the climax of the festival is centred on Oshun.
Oshun is especially important to women in West African cultures. Those who want children and who may suffer from infertility usually call on Oshun for assistance, and she is associated with the concepts of femininity and the power of women. More widely, she is sought after in times of drought or severe poverty. Article Media.Search this site. Page 1.
Oshun: African Goddess of Love and Sweet Waters
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Formation of the earth. The Marriage of Earth and Water. Yembo and Oddua. First child -Argayu Shola. The second child - Oggun. The Fourth child- Ozun.Images by Danilo Lejardi at Lejardi. The orisha of the woods is Ogun. Ogun is a tall, strong man that wields a heavy machete from side to side chopping everything in his path.
He is the one who knows how to manipulate the metal of iron. With his great big anvil deep in the forest he forges and changes the shape of metal into the everyday tools that we as humankind use. Ogun is a well know sorcerer and he knows secrets to all of the plants that the forest contains. With this, he can see where and what you are doing and before you know it, he is in front of you preparing to attack. He is also in charge of construction and the fundaments of building. He is the chief constructor.
He is the overseer of labor workers. Without his leadership there is no foundation in anything we do. Ogun is also the technology we use to survive in life. He is the wires that lights up our streets and homes, the cars and buses we drive, the trains and planes we ride. There is a pataki of Ogun that says that a long time ago he was working hard in the forest.
He arrived back to his town and notice that the people of the town were actually not giving him the recognition that he deserved. Ogun worked all day at this and one day his longtime friend Elegua came to visit him. Elegua told Ogun that it seemed like no one really paid him any attention in the town and all they did was use him for his talents.
Ogun noticing and listening carefully to Elegua, stood up and turned off the fire that he used to heat up his metals. He grabbed his machete and oti liquor and walked into the forest without saying a word. Elegua looked at his friend that just walked until he disappeared amongst the bushes.Ogun: The Most Feared and Most Powerful Orisha - @TheOrishaCenter
Days upon days, the town grew weary and all life came to a stand still. Farmers needed new tools for their plows, soldiers needed new armory. Even the orishas who came to Ogun as well were in need of tuning their essentials. Oya needed her sable sharpened, Ochosi needed new arrow points, Orisha Oko needed a new plow for his crops. Everyone wondered where was Ogun.
The orishas called upon Olofi who came to the town and asked them why are they looking for Ogun. Everyone started to say what they needed, what they wanted and so on.Search this site. Page 1.
OSHUN THE AFRICAN GODDESS OF BEAUTY, LOVE, PROSPERITY, ORDER, AND FERTILITY
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Spiritual Forces and Praise names. Formation of the earth. The Marriage of Earth and Water. Yembo and Oddua. First child -Argayu Shola. The second child - Oggun. The Fourth child- Ozun. Fifth child - Eleggua. Seventh child- DADA first female. The eigth child - Oba Nani. Ninth child- Oya. Beginning of daily life. Oggun and his abuses.She does, have a malevolent and tempestuous temper, although it is difficult to anger her.
Oshun is the Mother of the African sweet or fresh waters. In her form as the mother of salt waters, she is known as Yemaya. She is known for healing the sick, cheering the sad, bringing music, song and dance, as well as bringing fertility and prosperity. She is the protector of the poor, the mother of all orphans, she is the one who brings them what they need in this life through periods of weakness or strenght.
Like Queen Isis of the Ancient Egyptian Kemitic Pantheon, Oshun was taught the art of divination with the cowrie shells, cards, tarots, visions, possessions, songs, chants and meditations by her father Obatala, the first of the created gods. Like Isis, She brought the teaching of divinations, mysticism, agriculture and culture to humans. She is known as the mother of the fishes of the seas and the birds of the forest. Isis used to be represented as the mother of the fishes and the Queen of the seas.
Among the Yorubas of West Africa, She is also known as Yalode- the mother of things outside the home or the mother of wealth, due to her business acumen. Possession of her devotees is one of her principal manifestation and in such states, devotees are filled with clarity, confidence, joy, love, bliss and laugher. Yet, they are filled at the same times with the terrible aspects of her power which activates to fight injustice against humanity and irreverence against the gods.
The peacock and the vulture are sacred to Her. Her manifestations of love include being the source of all fresh waters, all warmth, all knowledge, all culture, all society, all motherhood, prosperity, fertility of the land and the water.
Food offerings could include sweet things such as fresh water, honey, mead, white wine, oranges, sweets, or pumpkins, as well as essential oils and incense. In the high Yoruba mystical teachings, Oshun has many roads, or dimensions and some of these include:.
Oshun Ibu Ikole — Oshun the Vulture. Her symbols include the vulture, and the mortar and pestle both of which are symbols of witchcraft. Witchcraft in Africa is a high science practised by a few who are fortunate enough to have the time and resources to acquire that science of life. The science is so powerful that the adepts are reputed to have powers over life and death and the ability to deliver their will and affect reality as they wish.
We cannot comment other than to ask those who make accusations to take a look at their inner most thoughts ensure that those thoughts are sincere. The craft is a neutral science that can be deployed to serve what ever ends.
But a disciplined and well educated practitioner of the craft is a great help to whatever community he or she lives in. For she carries on the beneficience of her chief goddess, Osun, quietly, loyally and annonymously waxing love and judicious judgement in line with the omni-potent and the omni-present will of the beloved lady, blessed Osun.
Oshun Ololodi — Oshun, the diviner. Oshun is a particularly sensous goddess and has been associated with many lover and husbands. In her form of the diviner She is the wife or lover of Orunmila, the first prophet of Ifa divination.
He bequeathed unto Her the secret of divination and mysticsm just live Kemitic Father Ra s bequeathed unto daughter Isis the secret of divination and mysticm. As such Oshun has the key and the secrets of Ifa, the fount of sacred wisdom. Oshun is then a synonym for Wisdom. It goes as follows:.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
With Oshun there are no sensual repressions and inhibitions. She is an independent woman, a matri-focal and androgynous matriarch.
Lover of many accomplished princes and gods, Her symbolism recalls days of strong women principalites who were rich, powerful knowledge enough to have many men dangling by her strings. She is also the sexual partner of Shango, and Ogun. She was at one time the wife of Shango, the storm god, as was Oya, the goddess of the winds and tempests.She is one of the most popular and venerated Orishas.
She is the goddess of divinity, femininity, fertility, beauty and love. During the life of the mortal Osun, she served as queen consort to King Shango of Oyo. Following her posthumous deificationshe was admitted to the Yoruba pantheon as an aspect of a primordial divinity of the same name. She is the patron saint of the Osun River in Nigeriawhich bears her name.
The river has its source in Ekiti Statein the west of Nigeria, and passes through the city of Osogbowhere Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grovethe principal sanctuary of the deity, is located.
Although the female spirits were tempted to take matters into their own hands, they knew nothing can be done without masculine leadership. Anything they attempt to do without the male spiritual leadership would fail. Shango forced the other spirits hand to respect Osun as they would him.
Once Osun saw the power that Shango possessed, she honored him and dedicated to serve as his wife. Through her loyalty, the Gods granted her the powers of a Goddess. While still a mortal, Osun is said to have gone to a drum festival one day and to have fallen in love with Shango.
Since that day, Shango has been married to Oba, Oya, and though Osun is said to be his favourite.
It is also said that Osun was the first woman to be referred to as an Iyalode. Osun is the orisha of the river. Her devotees leave her offerings and perform ceremonies at bodies of fresh water such as rivers, streams and canals. Followers seek help for romantic problems from Osun; the orisha is also responsible for marriage and other relationships.
This referred to copper at one time for being the most valuable metal of the time. Osun is worshiped at rivers and waterfalls, and more rarely, near mineral water sources.
She is a symbol of sensitivity and is identified by weeping. Hongolo and Kisimbi have similarities with Osun, and the three are often confused. Plants associated with Osun in Brazil are aromatic, sweet, an often yellow, reflecting the qualities of the Orisha. They include mints Lamiacaea. Many species are brilliant yellow, reflecting Osun's association with gold and wealth.More and more people are being drawn to their pre-Christian ancestral ways.
Learn about the Seven African Powers and how you can begin working with them in African spirituality and folk magic. The Orishas are a group of spirits originating from Yorubaland, which is a region in Africa spanning Nigeria, Benin and Togo. Some people liken the Orishas to gods and goddesses. They are similar but not quite the same. In the Yoruba religion, there is one main creator god known as Olodumare.
Moreover, the Orishas are spirits more similar to demi-gods or angels that work under the watchful eye of Olodumare. Olodumare created the Orishas and therefore has domain over them, including over the Seven African Powers.
However, the Seven African Powers are invoked in many different religions and magical systems including Lucumi, Vodou, Santeria, Candomble, folk Catholicism and many more! The Seven African Powers are seven of the most potent and venerated Orishas. When the Seven are brought together in invocation and prayer, they will do amazing things for their people.
Now, depending on who you ask, the 7th Oya is sometimes substituted with Orunmila or Ochossi. But I disagree and believe this is a dogmatic and patriarchal way to shut out indigenous original religion. Now for the fun stuff. You may choose to work with individual Orishas OR learn how to invoke the Seven African Powers together at the end of this article!
This powerful orisha is the messenger between worlds and is guardian of the crossroads. Nearly every spirit associated with the crossroads is a trickster, and Eshu Elegbara is no exception. He is the Orisha to call upon when you need a road opened and to open communication with all other Orishas and spirits.
Therefore he rules over metal working and alchemy of any kind. A patriarchal spirit, he watches over children and families and is one of the most venerated Orishas in the African diaspora. Known as the spirit who never rests, Ogun is a shaman and healer and has close ties to blood.
Perhaps he knew variety is necessary for human evolution! Obatala is the gentlest of the Seven African Powers and very patient. His domain is over legal matters and he brings legitimate justice.