Oshun Water Goddess Of The Yoruba People  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"OSHUN" IS THE WELL-KNOWN WATER GODDESS OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE IN NIGERIA. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF PLEASURE, LOVE, DIVINATION, ART, AND DANCE. SOME COMPARE HER TO THE ROMAN GODDESS, VENUS. GENERALLY DEPICTED AS A DARK-SKINNED WOMAN WITH LARGE HIPS, OSHUN RADIATES A SPECIAL KIND OF BEAUTY. ALTHOUGH SHE IS KNOWN TO MANY AS THE 'GREAT GIVER', SHE CAN BECOME ENRAGED, AND WHEN SHE IS ANGRY, SHE IS KNOWN TO HAVE A NASTY TEMPER MAKING IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CALM HER DOWN.

SHE WAS BORN IN THE RIVER OSHUN AND RULES OVER ALL BODIES OF WATER AND SENSUAL ACTS; SHE LIVES IN THE CURRENTS AND EDDIES OF THE RIVER WHERE HER FORCE FOREVER MOVES FORWARD. OSHUN IS A HEDONISTIC GODDESS WHO ENJOYS TAKING PART IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT EMBRACES JOY AND PLEASURE. SHE IS ALSO KNOWN TO CURE THE SICK AND PROMOTEFERTILITY. FOR THIS REASON, SHE IS PRIMARILY THOUGHT OF AS A GODDESS OF WOMEN AND WITCHES.

HER INFLUENCE IS GENTLE, AND SHE TEACHES HUMANITY THAT THE SECRET TO LIFE IS LOVE. EVERYTHING THAT IS BEAUTIFUL BELONGS TO THIS GODDESS, AND BEING CREATIVE IN THE WAY WE DECORATE OUR HOMES IS A WAY TO PRAISE HER...FOR SHE WILL BLESS ANY BEAUTIFUL SPACE CREATED IN HER HONOR. JEWELRY, PERFUMES, DANCING AND SEASHELLS ARE SACRED TO OSHUN AND HENCE, THE PERFECT OFFERING FOR THIS GODDESS OF LOVE.

WATER CAN WASH AWAY OUR TROUBLES AND HELP US GO WITH THE FLOW. PRAISE OSHUN WHEN YOU ARE TIRED, AND SHE WILL BE THERE TO ENLIVEN YOUR SPIRITS. IF YOU SHOULD FIND YOURSELF AT A CROSSROADS, CALL TO HER, AND SHE WILL HELP YOU TO FLOW IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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Goddess Awenhai  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"AWENHA'I "IS A NORTH AMERICAN SENECA INDIAN GODDESS, THEIR GREAT EARTH MOTHER; IT IS FROM HER THAT THE TOBACCO SPROUTED ON THE EARTH. ACCORDING TO NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN LORE, THE TOBACCO PLANT ONCE GREW IN THE CENTER OF HEAVEN WHERE THE GREAT CHIEF AND HIS PEOPLE LIVED OFF OF ITS LEAVES. ONE NIGHT, THE GREAT CHIEF HAD A DREAM ABOUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL; SHE LIVED IN HEAVEN, AND HER NAME WAS AWENHA'I. HE BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR HER, AND EVENTUALLY, HE FOUND HER AND MARRIED HER AND BROUGHT HER TO HIS LODGE...BUT IT WAS SOON THEREAFTER THAT HE DISCOVERED THAT HIS LOVELY BRIDE WAS ALREADY PREGNANT. THIS TROUBLED HIM DEEPLY. SO IT IS SAID THAT ON THAT NIGHT, HE CALLED FOR THE "ANCIENT ONE" WHO CAME TO HIM IN HIS DREAM AND TOLD HIM THAT HE UPROOTED THE TOBACCO PLANT AS PENANCE FOR HIS WIFE'S ILLICIT CONDUCT, HIS TROUBLED SPIRIT WOULD BE GREATLY RELIEVED.

SO, THE CHIEF DID AS TOLD, BUT, WHEN THE CHIEF UPROOTED THE PLANT IT INSTEAD LED TO A GREAT TURMOIL IN THE HEAVENS. THE CHIEF, ANGRY AT HIMSELF NOW BECAUSE HE LOST HIS TOBACCO, HURLED AWENHA'I INTO THE HOLE IN THE HEAVENS WHICH HAD BEEN CREATED WHEN HE UPROOTED THE PLANT. AND, AS SHE FELL TOWARDS THE EARTH, SHE REACHED OUT AND GRABBED SOME LEAVES FROM THE PLANT THAT WERE STILL GROWING...ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER SORTS OF SEEDS.

IT WAS ONLY A SHORT TIME AFTER SHE LANDED ON EARTH THAT AWENHA'I GAVE BIRTH TO A DAUGHTER...WHO, ALSO QUITE MYSTERIOUSLY...BECAME PREGNANT WITH TWO SONS. THE OLDER SON WAS CALLED 'A GOOD MIND' AND MADE HER VERY, VERY HAPPY; UNFORTUNATELY, THE YOUNGER SON CAUSED HER TO DIE IN CHILDBIRTH. IT WAS AWENHA'I WHO MADE THE BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR HER DAUGHTER. SHE ASKED HER GRANDSON TO HELP, AND AS THEY BURIED HER DAUGHTER, SHE SPRINKLED THE SEEDS AND THE TOBACCO LEAVES IN THE GROUND.

IT IS SAID THAT A GOOD MIND STAYED BY HIS MOTHER'S GRAVE AND WATERED IT EVERY DAY, UNTIL ONE DAY HE NOTICED SOME STRANGE BUDS APPEARED FROM OUT OF THE GROUND. POTATOES GREW OVER HER FEET, SQUASH OVER HER HANDS, AND CORN GREW OVER HER BREASTS. BEANS GREW OVER HER FINGERS AND TOBACCO WAS GROWING OVER HER HEAD.. A GOOD MIND, VERY EXCITEDLY CALLED FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER TO COME AND SEE...AND WHEN AWENHA'I SAW THE PLANTS, SHE TAUGHT SMILED AND TAUGHT HIM HOW TO CARE FOR THEM AND HOW TO SMOKE THE LEAVES OF THE TOBACCO. AND, THE HEAVENLY ONES WERE VERY PLEASED THAT THEY WERE ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO ENJOY ITS SMOKE.

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