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the goddess of good waters... wanna go to the beach again :(


Oshun, or Ochun (pronounced [ɔʃún]) in the Yoruba religion, is an Undergoddess who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. She is worshipped also in Brazilian Candomblé Ketu, with the name spelled Oxum. She should not be confused, however, with a different Orisha of a similar name spelled "Osun," who is the protector of the Ori, or our heads and inner souls.

Ọṣhun is beneficent, generous and very kind. She does, however, have a horrific temper, one which she seldom ever loses but which causes untold destruction whenever she does.

According to the Yoruba elders, Oshun is the "unseen mother present at every gathering", because Oshun is the Yoruba understanding of the cosmological forces of water, moisture, and attraction. Therefore, she is believed to be omnipresent and omnipotent. Her power is represented in another Yoruba proverb which reminds us that "no one is an enemy to water" and therefore everyone has need of and should respect and revere Oshun, as well as her followers.

Oshun is the force of harmony. Harmony which we see as beauty, feel as love, and experience as ecstasy. She, according to the ancients, was the only female Irunmole amongst the original 16 sent from the spirit realm to create the world. As such, she is revered as "Yeye" - the great mother of us all. When the male Irunmole attempted to subjegate Oshun due to her femaleness, she removed her divine energy (called ase by the Yoruba) from the project of creating the world and all subsequent efforts at creation were in vain. It was not until visiting with the Supreme Being, Olodumare, and begging for Osun's pardon (as advised by Olodumare) that the world could continue to be created. But not before Osun had given birth to a son. This son became Elegba, the great conduit of ase in the Universe, the eternal and infernal trickster.

Oshun is known as Iyalode, the "(explicitly female) chief of the market." [2] She is also known as Laketi, she who has ears, because of how quickly and effectively she answers prayers. When she possesses her followers, she dances, flirts and then weeps- because no one can love her enough and the world is not as beautiful as she knows it could be.

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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Isn't she married to Shango?
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
I appreciate looking at strong nude women 
Spynmaster Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I like her! I wish I could find someone to play her in a roleplay.
Gzo78 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Nice info, however I kinda of agree with AsanteM with her appearance. I want to include that the Yoruba Orisha (pantheon) is originally from West Africa. Still a very nice piece of art though. 
Cheddar23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
A senhora de ouro.
KahIced Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
OMG! So amazing! Thanks Genzo!
asanteM Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
If she is a Nigerian goddess, the least you could do is make her LOOK Nigerian. LOL

Dark skin is ok. Remember that.

Nice art though.
ifesinachi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
genzo you are amazing...though she's more black than that but i'm gonna give it to you for this. I'm Nigerian n i love this
Ledgend339 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I CAN LOVE HER ENOUGH!!! great as always :D
suntochukwu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I like this but surely if it's an African God you would think it would be an African person. This character looks Spanish and has straight shiny western hair. Not one of your most accurate representations.
ai-sanura Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing but why is she light skinned?
CreoleFleur Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never saw a non black Oshun before. All the research you did and that's how you imagined her?
Volaceler Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
LOL, zing!
papalabas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, but a bit Light-Skinned for beeing a Yoruba Orisha.
Volaceler Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That kinda looks like Katara, is that Katara?!
lex0the0fire0witch Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
you should do one for the fire and hearth goddess hestia
Randagio76 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Amazing... as all your arts
Ravagaard Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Siempre quise esa carta, lastima por MyL ya van 2 años sin el!
BOS1998 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to say this, dude
Oxum (my mother) NEVEr shows her face.
juliofredler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
my religion is Candomble or yorubá religion
Osun is my Orixa
I love you my lady Oxum
Cidade Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Very very Good! But, sorry! Oxum is a Black girl in yellow clothes! Like this: [link]
AriaNycyus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :heart: water!!! And sexy lady :XD: Awesomely work ^^
saishadow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
thats pretty cool
NeoPaladinOfLight Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it.
moralest Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
imba ochún ba ilé le!
6cdezign Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
ryokomitsuragi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is the fifth time this week ive done a search and come across you first. they says something about your talent
SilverySands Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is wonderful. You have one of the best collections here on DA.
tranlover Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I just learned about her in my class. It seems she's an African goddess and was brought over to South America by slaves that were brougth there =^_^=
Dkangel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Man, your work is just amazing! But Oshun is the Orixa of RIVER WATERS... The deity of SEA and OCEAN, of the beaches, is Iemanjá (Yemonja). And the Orixa of rain and thunder, is Iansã (Oya). ;)

In the Brazilian Candomblé, I'm a Son of Oshun. But I think that this pic is very... sexy... to be Oshun. She is more... mathernal... lol
LeitimBR Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with him...anyway the art is very beautiful.. U could do the other ones, that would be great!
lex0the0fire0witch Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
do u have the goddess yemaya??
gettaboushi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
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elfodefuego Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
woow the art is very good but is you have to add the principal aspects:
color --> yelow
1 star
1 sun
1 fan with plumage of peacock
the necklace color yelow
and gold bracelet
yes is a african god the name Oshun queen of the rivers, love and money
nicolitzki Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
i really want to learn how to draw and shade the waters...
i just learn how to draw underwater... but i never learned to draw splashes and moves..
Mwindo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
about time you did an african goddess besides egypt.and yes it is an african goddess of the yoruba people even though the woman in the picture doesn't look black.

but this picture is still awesome nice work.
Sufferinglostsoul Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Haha wow. We actually talked about her yesterday in my Social-cultural Anthropology class =]. A nice surprise to actually find her here.
FatalJapan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
You should do Eleggua.
yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Why does she have straight hair? Unless she's the Brazilian version of the African goddess, she shouldn't have straight hair.:o
And from what I know, she is usually decepted as being a mermaid.
kirakis Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
awakened-blue-rose Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
reminds me of an older version of Katara.
vincymon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
axelalonso Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No deberia tener el color amarillo? o solo le presto el nombre jaja! Un Abrazo! :manhug:
S00 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
LA africana, no?
DiegoBastet Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, where's Ogun and Oxossi then? I would love to see at least the great Ogun!
Posydon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
I claim her as my wife!
snapuswipe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
As always, your ability with drawing/making/painting (?) water is unmatched.

I'm awestruck.
Dieggo-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
Great art!
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