Jump to navigation Jump to search For the state in Nigeria, see Osun State. Shrine to Oshun in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove. God in the Ifá and Yoruba religions. She is one of the most popular and venerated orishas. During the life of the mortal Oshun, she served as princess consort to King Shango of Oyo. Following her posthumous deification, she 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 Nigeria, which bears her name. Oshun is syncretized with Our Lady of Charity, patron saint of Cuba, and Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil. The other spirits that were sent began the work and ignored Ọṣun. Iyami Aje, a band of women endowed with special power. While still a mortal, Oshun 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 Oshun, though Oshun is said to be his favourite.
It is also said that Oshun was the first woman to be referred to as an Iyalode. Oshun 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. In Trinidad, she is associated with the colour pink. The abèbè is the ritual object most associated with Ọṣun. The abèbè is a fan in circular form. In Afro-Brazilian religion, it is made of brass or gold, sometimes with a mirror in the center. Candomblé, Xangô do Nordeste, Xambá, Batuque, and Omolokô.
As the orixá of financial life, she is also called the “Lady of Gold”. This referred to copper at one time for being the most valuable metal of the time. Both dance to the sound of the ijexá rhythm, which takes its name from its region of origin. Oxum-Kare, who wears red and yellow, the color of gold. Oxum-Karé is an older, authoritarian manifestation of Oxum who is warlike and aggressive. Oxum-Kare must also include an offering to Oxóssi. In Candomblé Bantu Oxum is called Nkisi Ndandalunda, the Lady of Fertility and Moon. Hongolo and Kisimbi have similarities with Oxum, and the three are often confused. Plants associated with Oxum in Brazil are aromatic, sweet, an often yellow, reflecting the qualities of the Orixá. Many species are brilliant yellow, reflecting Oxum’s association with gold and wealth.
She is also associated with folha-da-fortuna, or Kalanchoe pinnata. A violín is a type of musical ceremony in Regla de Ocha performed for Ochún. It includes both European classical music and Cuban popular music. Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions. A Yoruba Festival Tradition Continues: 50 Incredible Photos Celebrating The River Goddess Oshun”. São Paulo, SP: Selo Negro Edições. Praising His Name In The Dance: Spirit Possession in the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha Work in Trinidad, West Indies.
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