Olodumare

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Olodumare (Yoruba: O-lo-dù-ma-rè) also known as Olorun (Almighty) is the name given to one of the three manifestations of the Supreme God or Supreme Being [1] in the Yoruba pantheon. Olodumare is the Supreme Creator.[1]

The Supreme God has three manifestations: Olodumare, the Creator; Olorun, ruler of the heavens; and Olofi, who is the conduit between Orún (Heaven) and Ayé (Earth); Known simply as God. Olodumare is also one of the trinity: Olodumare, Orunmila, Èṣù,.[2]

The Yoruba believe Olodumare is omnipotent and is also responsible for the creation of all life,[3] Yoruba tradition says everything is in the hands of God (Olodumare) when they are going to bed at night.[3] Olodumare carries the responsibility of coordinating the Universe, while Olofi is identified with Olofin Oduduwa, who brings existence to earth on orders from Olodumare.

The name Olodumare symbolises a divine "Entity" following these characteristics: not having a father or mother; one that and is not bound by space.[4]

Historically, the Yoruba did not worship Olodumare, there is no specific shrine and no sacrifice is often made towards their way.[2] Yoruba consider Olodumare to be the origin of virtue and mortality. Is believed to bestow the knowledge of things upon all persons at the time of their birth. The Yoruba call on Olodumare when other deities are unwilling to help or seem incapable.[4] Yoruba believe Olodumare created all other forces of the universe to help continue the evolution of the universe.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cynthia Duncan,Ph.D. About Santeria
  2. ^ a b R.,, Prothero, Stephen. God is not one : the eight rival religions that run the world (First HarperCollins paperback ed.). [New York, New York]. ISBN 9780061571282. OCLC 726921148.
  3. ^ a b c DAYO, CHIEF (February 14, 2016). "YORUBA BELIEVE IN ONLY ONE GOD CALLED OLODUMARE".
  4. ^ a b "Brown Williams". Retrieved 2018-10-18.