Oshun (known as Ochún or Oxúm in Latin America) is an orisha, a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of God in the Ifá and Yoruba religions. She is one of the most popular and venerated orishas.
She is the patron saint the Osun River in Nigeria, which bears her name. Oshun is honored at the Osun-Osogbo Festival a two week-long annual festival, usually in August, at the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove on the banks of the Osun River, Nigeria.
Oshun is syncretized with Our Lady of Charity, patron saint of Cuba, and Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil. In Trinidad she is associated with St. Philomena and the Hindu deity Ganga Mai or Mother Ganges.
Oshun is said to have gone to a drum festival one day and to have fallen in love with Shango. Since that day, Shango has been married to Oba, Oya, and Oshun, though Oshun is said to be his principal wife.
Oshun is the orisha of the river. Her devotees leave her perform offerings and ceremonies at bodies of fresh water such as rivers, streams and canals.
Oshun is associated with the colours gold/deep yellow in the diaspora and Nigeria ,except in Trinidad where she's associated with the colour pink.
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