Òrìșà-Oko (known as Ocó in Latin America) is an Orisha. In Yorubaland of Nigeria and 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.
|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 wooden staff, called a òpásórò, a representation of his relation with trees; and flute made of bone, a representation of sexuality and fertility. It is confused with Oxalá, since both dress white. Bees are considered the messengers Òrìșà-Oko.
Òrìșà-Oko is considered to have the power to cure malaria; a sickness associated with agricultural workers. He is a referee of conflicts, especially among women. He also judges disputes between the orixás.
Slaves taken to Brazil give little importance to Orisha-Oko.
He is syncretized with Saint Isidore among cuban orisa practitioners of Santería/Lucumí/Regla de Ocha, et al.