Oshunmare (known as Ochumaré or Oxumaré in Latin America) is an Orisha.[1][2][3][4] Osumare is the spirit of the rainbow, and Osumare also means rainbow in the Yoruba language.

Rainbow, Serpent, Regeneration, Rebirth
Member of Orisha
Other namesOsumare or Oshunmare;
Ochumaré Oxumaré
Venerated inYoruba religion, Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Haitian Vodou, Folk Catholicism
Symbolpermanence, wealth
Colorpurple or burgundy, the rainbow
RegionNigeria, Benin, Latin America
Ethnic groupYoruba

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  1. ^ Allen F. Roberts (April 1992). "Chance Encounters, Ironic Collage". African Arts. 25 (2): 54–63, 97–98. doi:10.2307/3337060. JSTOR 3337060.
  2. ^ Paul Carter Harrison, Gus Edwards (2002). Black theatre: ritual performance in the African diaspora. Temple University Press. p. 418. ISBN 978-1566399449. Retrieved 2010-04-27.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Washington, Teresa N. (2015). Our mothers, our powers, our texts: manifestations of Àjé in Africana literature. ISBN 978-0991073054.
  4. ^ Washington, Teresa N. Nickels in the Nation Sack: Continuity in Africana Spiritual Technologies.