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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 names Ocó
Venerated in Yoruba religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Candomblé
Color White
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.

ReferencesEdit

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