Oshun, Ochun, Oxum

Some say that in Africa, before western influence, there was no such thing as romantic love.  The truth is much more complicated than this.  There was romantic love, and it was well recognized.  It was just referred to as intense lust, so in daily life, familial love and admiration was given a higher priority. People did respect that intense lust so much though, that they named its Orisha: Oshun. Attributes Sacred number: 5 and multiples …

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List of Known Orishas/Lwa

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This is a list of known West African and diaspora Orishas, Vodun, Lwa, notable Spirits, and Deities.  I’ve gathered information from a variety of sources.  It is by no means a complete list, and different cultures have different names and pronunciations.  There are said to be over 400, aside of those individuals have discovered and/or adapted to their cultures. MamiWata.com has an excellent page on the relation of the Yoruba and Fon pantheons.  It is an …

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