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Oko (Orisha)

Òrìșà-Oko (known as Ocó in Latin America) is an Orisha.[1] 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.

Oko
Agriculture
Member of Orisha
Oko.jpg
Representation of Oko by Carybé, Museu Afro-Brasileiro, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Other namesOcó
Venerated inYoruba religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Candomblé
ColorBlack
RegionNigeria, Benin, Latin America
Ethnic groupYoruba people, Fon people

Òrìșà-Oko is depicted with a phallic staff, called a opa orisa oko, a representation of his relationship with fertility; and flute made of bone, a representation of sexuality and fertility. He is confused in Brazili’s Candomblé community with Oxalá, since both dress in white. Bees are considered the messengers Òrìșà-Oko.

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adeoye, C. L. (1989). Ìgbàgbọ́ àti ẹ̀sìn Yorùba (in Yoruba). Ibadan: Evans Bros. Nigeria Publishers. pp. 270–279. ISBN 9781675098.