Last week, we were introduced you to some Yoruba gods and goddesses. All of them with unique traits, features and attributes. Some came with strange myths while some others were associated with interesting facts, stories and legends. It’s definitely not a lie when you refer to Yoruba people as a group of die-hards who believe a lot in deities especially when it has to do with their ancestral beliefs in divine protection, fertility, guidance and victory in times of war. Here’s a second list of some of the gods that Yoruba people attach immense significance to;
He’s referred to as the hunter and scout of the deities. In some quarters, he’s the deity of the accused and those seeking justice or searching for something. He’s in charge of the forests
Osanyin is the custodian and guardian of herbs and a natural healer. He also owns the “Omiero”, a sacred liquid consisting of many herbs, which is used for the advancement of saints and ceremonies.
He is the rainbow god and deity of movement and activity. Intriguingly, he’s represented by snakes likewise being the guardian of children and also associated with the umbilical cord.
A goddess related to winter, snow, fog, mist and cold (somewhat related to Storm in the X-men movie). In some quarters, she’s also the virginity goddess.
Legend says Logun Ede is the son of a romantic relationship between Osoosi and Osun (I guess she was cheating on Sango, was this how Sango’s anger issue started?) . He’s the god of art, prosperity and love.
He’s regarded as the owner and ruler of the oceans and the abyss; he lives in the deep ocean. Legend says he’s very wise and he’s also the father of Yemanja.
The deity of the sacred tree known as “Iroko”. He’s also accountable for the seasons of the year.
In some tales, Aganju is said to be Sango’s brother. He’s the god of volcanoes. Wow! While one brother houses fire, the other one spits it.
This is the deity of Agriculture and harvest.
The owner and ruler of mountains.
The first part of this article is available here.