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Subject: Ordination of women, Yoruba religion, Umbanda, Oba (Orisha), Shango
Collection: Brazilian Mythology, Folk Saints, Love and Lust Goddesses, Santería, Sea and River Goddesses, Yoruba Goddesses
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Shrine to Oshun in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove.

Oshun (known as Ochún or Oxúm in Latin America) is an orisha, a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of God in the Ifá and Yoruba religions. She is syncretized with Our Lady of Charity, patron saint of Cuba.[1] 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 principal wife.[2]


  • Summary 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • References 3
  • External Links 4


Oshun is the orisa of fresh water, sensuality, flirtatiousness, feminine sexuality, love and fertility.


  • G. Olusola Ajibade, Negotiating Performance: Osun in the Verbal and Visual Metaphors, Bayreuth, Working Papers, 2005.
  • Kayode Afolabi, Osun Osogbo - Sacred People and Sacred Places, Charleston 2006.
  • Diedre Badejo, Oshun Seegesi: The Elegant Deity of Wealth, Power, and Femininity, Asmara 1996.
  • Miguel A. De La Torre, "Dancing with Ochún: Imagining How a Black Goddess Became White," in Black Religion and Aesthetics: Religious Thought and Life in Africa and the African Diaspora, Anthony Pinn, ed., Cambridge University Press, pages: 113-134.
  • Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode, Osun: The Manly Woman, Athelia Henrietta Press 2004.
  • Joseph M. Murphy and Mei-Mei Sanford, Osun Across the Waters: A Yoruba Goddess in African and the Americas, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  • Peter Probst, Osogbo and the Art of Heritage. Monuments. Deities, and Money. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.
  • S. Solagbade Popoola, "Ikunle Abiyamo: It is on Bent Knees that I gave Birth" 2007. Asefin Media Publication

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  1. ^ Thompson, Robert Farris (1983). Flash of the Spirit. Vintage Books. p. 79. 
  2. ^ Matory, J. Lorand. (2005) Sex and the Empire that is No More. New York: Berghahn Books. p xxvi

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