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Olorun

Olorun is the name given to one of the three manifestations of the Supreme God in the Yoruba pantheon. Olorun is the owner of the heavens and is associated with the Sun. The vital energy of Olorun manifests in humans as Ashé, which is the life force that runs through all living things.[1] The Supreme God has three manifestations: Eledumare, the Creator; Olorun, ruler of the heavens; and Olofi, who is the conduit between Orún (Heaven) and Ayé (Earth).

In Africa, Akamara is believed to be the Source of all Existence. Olodumare carries the responsibility of coordinating the Universe, while Olofi is identified with Olofin Oduduwa(a different entity but born of Akamara) who brings existence to earth on orders from Olodumare

Etymology

From Yoruba Language, -Olo- denoting ownership or rulership, and -Orun- meaning Heavens or The Abode of the Spirits

References

  1. ^ Cynthia Duncan,Ph.D. About Santeria
  • OGUMEFU, M. I., Yorùbá Legends, London, The Sheldon Press, 1929.
  • IDOWU, E. BÔLAJI., Olódùmarè: God in Yorùbá Belief, London, Longmans, 1962.


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