the Yoruban Goddess of love, delights in the creation of beauty and art, sensual
delights and self-adornment.
Originally, Oshun was named after the river that bears her name.
She actually was the embodiment of the river, and to this river came the Yoruba
people of Nigeria, one of whom was a princess. The princess jumped into the
river and drowned, but soon after the funeral she reappeared wearing gorgeous
garments given to her by Oshun. Oshun's chief festival commemorates this event
and still takes place today in Nigeria.
Oshun watched over slaves during their
treacherous passages by boat to far away lands, and on this side of the Atlantic
she gained several new identities but kept her flirtatious nature and her
connection to rivers and water.
Her symbols are mirrors, jewelry, honey, golden silks and
feather fans. Creativity in decorating home and temple is a way of honoring
Oshun, who will bless any beautiful space created in Her honor.
There is no object so common that Oshun will not appreciate more if it is made
artistic and pleasing to the eye. Creativity in dress and self-adornment please
her as well, and when Oshun is pleased, her blessings know no limits.
This Yoruba goddess heals through love and can
heal both physical hurts and emotional wounds due to lack of love...including
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