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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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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
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!
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