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[To Whom the twentieth day of March, day 079, is dedicated]
Nigeria, Yoruba. Her principle shrine is in the city of Oshobo, past which
the river Oshun
Description: Tall, light-skinned, beautiful breasted Goddess
of beauty, love, conception and divination; She Who taught the art of divination
to the deities; Owner of brass; Eponym of the river Oshun; She Who is renowned
for Her beauty, desirability, and the meticulous care She takes of Her
appearance; She Who wears brass bracelets from elbow to wrist; Divine Harlot;
"Civilised Woman"; Mother of many; She Who `fights' with dysentry,
stomach ache and menopause.
To Whom Sacred: cowrie
shells; river worn stones; small brass rods; the number 16 (the number
of cowries used in divination); brass bracelets (worn by Her worshippers
as their insignia); brass fan (used in Her dances); brass sword (used in
Her dances); thin soup of wild lettuce; yam porridge; bean porridge, and
other bean foods; honey; maize beer. Taboos: guinea corn; guinea corn beer;
Her shrine, attended by a virgin, is decorated with cast brass figures.
It includes pots of water from which Her worshippers may drink, and the
sixteen cowries used in divination. Her priests there wear a false top-knot
made of grass, cloth and indigo dye, like the one She made for Herself
after Her hair was stolen.
And see also the Goddess Anthology under Oshun.
Male Associates: consorts
Ogun, ---, god of iron, Shango, ---, Shopona, ---, god of
smallpox. Lovers Osanyinu, ---, god of medicine, Ifa, ---, god of divination,
- Haitiian Erzulie, qv, has some
- Transcription variant: Oschun.
- She taught Oya, qv, the art
of divination, and they share the same consort.
- Her long straight hair was stolen from Her by Yemoja,
Other, Yoruban river Goddesses:
- River Goddess: Are.
- River Goddess: Oba.
- River Goddess: Ondo.
- River Goddess: Yewa.
worked on: July 1990; August 1991; June 1995.
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