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6 things to know about the goddess Osun

Osun, the river goddess is one of the most important characters in Yoruba mythology.

a statue signifying the maternity nature of iya osun at the sacred grove of oshun {culture trip}

Osun is a central figure in the mythology of the creation of the earth and human beings.

Osun is the goddess of love, sensuality, water, and the protective deity of the river Osun. She is also associated with fertility, lushness, greenness and life.

  • Osun was one of the 17 gods sent by Olodumare to create the world.
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When she came down to earth, she wore a gold dress and jewellery. This is the reason why her worshippers also wear gold and yellow attires in festivals honouring her.

When the gods came down, they completely disregarded Osun while they engaged in the work of creating the earth. Osun went back to the heavens, where she spent time admiring herself in the mirror.

In the absence of Osun, the other gods faced difficulties. They could not populate and revive the earth. They went back to heaven to apologize and beg Osun. When she came back to the earth, she revived it with water.

  • In other mythological accounts, she is the wife of Shango, the god of thunder.
  • Osun can give life and take life. One of her statues in her sacred grove in Osun state has babies around her. Every year expectant mothers go to her shrine to pray to get pregnant and give birth.  
  • Osun is still worshipped today, even by people who are not Africans.
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  • Her most popular depiction is in the music video lemonade by Beyonce. Beyonce is underwater in the opening scene. In the next scene, she is wearing yellow dress, the colour of Osun. As she opens the doors of the building, the water rises trailing her down the stairs.

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