Olorun (Yoruba alphabet: Ọlọrun) is the ruler of (or in) the Heavens. The Supreme God or Supreme Being in the Yoruba pantheon, Olorun is also called Olodumare.

King of the Heavens, Supreme King of the Gods, Sky, Earth, Universe
Member of Orisha
Other namesOlorun, Olodumare, Olofin-Orun
Venerated inYoruba religion, Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Haitian Vodou, Folk Catholicism
RegionNigeria, Benin, Latin America
Ethnic groupYoruba

Humans do not worship Olorun directly; there are no sacred areas of worship or ordained person. Olorun is outlying, distant, and does not partake in human rituals. There are no shrines or sacrifices dedicated directly to him, although followers can send prayers in his direction.[1]

Among Yoruba Christians and Muslims, the word Ọlọrun is also commonly used to denote their faith in God as The Almighty Divine, The Absolute Sovereign.

For Yoruba traditions, there is no centralized authority; because of this and the way the traditions were spread through the slave trade to other areas of the world, there are many different ways that Yoruban people and their descendants or orisa-based faiths can understand the idea of Olorun.[1]


From the Yoruba language, his name is a contraction of the words oní (which denotes ownership or rulership) and ọ̀run (which means the Heavens, abode of the spirits).

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  1. ^ a b R., Prothero, Stephen (2010). God is not one : the eight rival religions that run the world (First HarperCollins paperback ed.). [New York, New York]. ISBN 9780061571282. OCLC 726921148.