Oshun, by Carybé
Oshun Oxum Ochun Osun
These are some of the names of the orisha* of lakes,
waterfalls, streams and rivers; of precious metals; of fertility and prosperity.
Her most famous temple stands in Oshogbo, Nigeria, beside
the Oshun river.
Gateway to Temple of
Photo by Wará Omin
Her spirit lives in all her children, throughout the world.
of Praise for Oshun
W h a t 's i n
a n a m e ?
Sabrina is the name of an English water nymph said to live in
the River Severn. In John Milton's Comus, she is begged to "listen
My mother gave me that name in 1955 when I was born near Lake
Ontario. In 1986, at Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá, my spiritual mother, Stella of Oshossi, told me in Salvador,
Bahia, that my orisha and my name are closely related. My orisha,
and divine mother, is Oshun.
Orê yê yê o
After I was initiated as a novice Candomblé priestess,
or abiyan, I was given the name Wara Omin, "precious waters of Oshun."
More about Oshun
Tale of Oshun
according to Ifa
Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá
*orisha: Yoruba divinity
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