Ochún

Orisha of love, maternity and marriage. She has been syncretized with Our Lady of Charity(La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre), Cuba's patroness. She is associated with the color yellow, metal brass, peacock feathers, mirrors, honey and anything of beauty, her principal day of the week is Saturday and the number she is associated with is 5. She is the river goddess


In one of the stories featuring her, she is forced to become a prostitute to feed her children and the other Orishas subsequently removed her children from her home while she was away, apparently planning to use them as slaves. Oshun is then said to have gone mad with grief and to have worn the same white dress every day as a symbol of this madness; it eventually turned yellow. Ajé-Shaluga, another river Orisha, fell in love with her while she was washing the dress in a frenzied state one day. He gave her money and gems, which he collected from the bottom of the river he lived in. She used these items to liberate her children, and ultimately married her kindly benefactor.

Oshun has had many husbands. Different tales attribute husbands to her, including Erinle, Oshosi, Orisha Oko, and Aje'-Shaluga. She is also the sexual partner of  Shango and Ogun at different points.

Personifies sweetness and love, but she can also be fierce and proud. She is the owner of the sweet water of lakes and rivers. The ultimate coquette, she has been romantically involved with almost all of the male Orishas. It was she who lured Ogun out of his forest to help mankind with his iron, by dancing seductively by the river and smearing his lips with honey. In Cuba, she is identified with the Caridad del Cobre, Cuba’s patron saint. Ochun’s color is yellow (or amber, in the case of Ibu Kole).

 
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