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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Things to know about Olokun,the controller of the deep sea

Olokun is the goddess or god of the sea, while Olosa also known as Osara is the goddess of the lagoon and estuaries. Both are celebrated and venerated in different festivals. In Yoruba tradition, the chief Olokun shrine is located in the Ilode quarter of Ile Ife.

Is Olokun a woman or a man?

Olokun is an androgynous orisha, meaning Olokun is a man and a woman, depending on if it is the Olokun of Ifá or the Olokun of Ocha.

What are the colors of Olokun?

Symbolizing the ocean, both Olokun and Yemoja are associated with deep blue and foamy white waves.

Why was Olokun angry?

The humans created by Obatala come together to form the first Yoruba Village in Ife. Obatala returns to the sky–thereafter, he splits his time between Ife and his home in the sky. Obatala's kingdom of Ife was created without Olokun's permission. As such, Olokun becomes very angry.

Where did Olokun come from?

In the deepest was born Olokun, the Ocean." * This legacy from Africa, specifically from Yorubaland now in mordern Nigeria, has survived to our day. The ocean is a permanent question for humans. The depths especially are the subject of all kinds of fantasies and attractions

What is the secret of Olokun?

Olokun is believed to hold the secrets of the past, the present and the future. She knows all and guards that knowledge well. New World Yorubas believe that Olokun holds the key to the mystery of exactly what happened to their ancestors on those fateful journeys across the Atlantic.

Why do people worship Olokun?

She is also believed to be in control of ocean waves, and she can sink sea vessels of evildoers. Olokun is also a goddess of riches and has the power to enrich her devotees. The worshippers of Olokun are generally dressed in immaculate white attires with their faces coasted with white chalk 'efun'.

What does Olokun eat?

Since pounded yam is regarded as Olokun's favourite it must be served on the day of the sacrifice, although it can be supplemented with other types of food.

What to sacrifice to Olokun?

In the morning of the second day, a sacrifice of a he-goat is made to Olokun. Later in the day a feast is given to those who participated in the all night dance and a few invited people. Additional dances are held on the afternoon of the third and fifth days.

Where does Olokun live?

A traditional belief of the Yoruba people, who live primarily in the southwest area of Nigeria, is that Olokun, the mother of the entire universe, lives at the bottom of the ocean. The goddess is symbolized by water, cleansing, and purity

What animals are associated with Olokun?

The animal used to symbolize Olokun is the mud fish which buries itself in the mud. Her followers also link her to the red coral

What is Olokun also called?

The god Olokun is to the Binis as Athena is to the Greeks. It is the god of the sea – giver of good luck, riches and children. It is also called EZIZA

What day of the week is for Olokun?

Day 1 is dedicated to Obatala, Sonponna, Iyami, Egbe orun, Egungun e.t.c... Day 2 is dedicated to Ifa, Esu, Osun, Olokun, Aje e.t.c... Day 3 is dedicated to Ogun, Osoosi, Ija, Orisa oko e.t.c... While Day 4 is dedicated to Sango, Oya, Bayanni e.t.c...

Who are the Worshippers of Olokun?

The worship of Olokun is peculiar to Yoruba communities that live near the sea, or had lived near the sea before the sea receded to where it currently is, or before the communities migrated from their original lands.

What is the difference between Yemoja and Olokun?

The word Yemoja is an elision of the Yoruba Oriki (praise name) “Yeye mo oja ", which means “Mother of Fish". The word "Olukun" is a contraction of Olohun meaning "owner", and "okun" meaning "ocean".
What is the story about Olokun?

Olokun, at a certain time, was displeased with humanity since he believed that the humans didn't respect him as they should. Therefore, he decided to punish humankind, by sending tidal waves to bury the land and everything on it under water. The water obeyed his commands and the ocean began to swell up.

What is the difference between AJE and Olokun?

Aje is said to be the daughter of Olokun, the Yoruba deity of seawater. Nevertheless,  Olokun himself respects Aje, which is why she is sometimes referred to as Aje Olokun (Aje, the daughter of Olokun).

What was the Ori Olokun head chosen as and for?

The Ori Olokun head was chosen as the logo for the All-Africa Games held in Lagos in 1973 and has been adopted as the logo of numerous commercial, educational and financial institutions. Such images have become universal symbols of African heritage.

Does Olokun give wealth?

Olokun is revered as the ruler of all bodies of water and for the authority over other water deities. Olokun is highly praised for their ability to give great wealth, health, and prosperity to their followers.

Why was Olokun chained to the bottom of the sea?

Olokun respected Obatala, who made him promise to abandon his plan to annihilate humanity. But when the sea is choppy, when threatening waves rise up because Olokun is angry, it is thought that if Olokun were not chained up in the bottom of the ocean, he would swallow up the land.

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