Òrìșà-Oko (known as Ocó in Latin America) is an Orisha. In Yorubaland of Nigeria and the Benin Republic, he is a strong hunter deity as well as a fighter against sorcery. He is associated with the annual new harvest of the white African yam. Among the deities he is considered a close friend of Oosa Ogiyan and Shango, as well as at one time husband of Oya and Yemoja.
Agriculture, Farming, Fertility
|Member of Orisha|
|Venerated in||Yoruba religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Candomblé|
|Region||Nigeria, Benin, Latin America|
|Ethnic group||Yoruba people, Fon people|
Òrìșà-Oko is depicted with a phallic staff, called a opa orisa oko, a representation of his relationship with fertility; and a flute made of bone, a representation of sexuality and fertility. He is confused in Brazil’s Candomblé community with Oxalá, since both dress in white. Bees are considered the messengers Òrìșà-Oko.