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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[1] in the Yoruba pantheon and one and only god the Yoruba believe in. Olodumare is the Supreme Creator.[1] The Yoruba believe he is responsible for the creation of all life,[2] so they owe their existence to him. They also believe he is Omnipresent. .Yoruba says, everything is in the hands of god (olodumare) when they are going to bed at night.[2] He carries the responsibility of coordinating the Universe, while Olofi is identified with Olofin Oduduwa, who brings existence to earth on orders from Olodumare.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). Olodumare is also one of the trinity: Olodumare, Orunmila, Esu.[3] He is also one of the Orishas known to the Yoruba-land. His name Olodumare denotes "Entity" following these characteristics: not having a father or mother and was not bound by space.[4] Historically, the Yoruba did not worship him, he was not involved in any human affairs unlike the other gods. There is no shrine to him and no sacrifice is made to him.[3] Yoruba consider olodumare to be the origin of virtue and mortality. They believe he bestows 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 (like the river goddess and so on) to help continue the evolution's of the universe.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cynthia Duncan,Ph.D. About Santeria
  2. ^ a b c DAYO, CHIEF (February 14, 2016). "YORUBA BELIEVE IN ONLY ONE GOD CALLED OLODUMARE".
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "Brown Williams". Retrieved 2018-10-18.