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Eyo Olokun masquerades at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Olokun (known as Olocún in Latin America) is an Orisha. It is associated with the deep sea.[1] Olokun works closely with Oya and Egungun to herald the way for those that pass to ancestorship, as it plays a critical role in Iku, Aye, and the transition of human beings and spirits between these two existences.

Olokun has male or female personifications, depending on what region He/She is worshiped in.[1] It is personified in several human characteristics; patience, endurance, sternness, observation, meditation, appreciation for history, future visions, and royalty personified. Its characteristics are found and displayed in the depths of the Ocean.

Olokun also signifies unfathomable wisdom. That is, the instinct that there is something worth knowing, perhaps more than can ever be learned, especially the spiritual sciences that most people spend a lifetime pondering. It also governs material wealth, psychic abilities, dreaming, meditation, mental health, and water-based healing. It is also worshiped by those that seek political and social ascension, which is why heads of state, royalty, entrepreneurs, and socialites often turn to Olokun to not only protect their reputations, but propel them further among the ranks of their peers.


  1. ^ a b Clark, Mary Ann (2007). Santería : correcting the myths and uncovering the realities of a growing religion. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-275-99079-4. 

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