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    Oshun

    "Oh, my mother Oshun, Queen of rivers and streams. Oh, my mother Oshun, hear our prayers. Near the waterfall there is a small cave, near the waterfall there is a small golden bench; near the waterfall my mother Oshun often comes to rest."
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    OSHUN

    Saint: Our Lady of Charity (La Caridad del Cobre), Cuba's patron Saint.

    Day of the Week: Saturday. It is the day that lovers must act if they want their love returned.

    Colors and Collars (Ilekes): Coral and amber. The collar is strung with yellow and red beads. Amber and coral are to be used if the Santero has the money. The collar is made up of five amber beads followed by five coral beads. Then, one amber bead alternates with one coral bead five times. The pattern is repeated to obtain the desired length.

    Sacrificial Animals: Neutered or female goat, white chickens, sheep, female calf, female pig, female rabbit. Oshun does not like any other type of bird. Her sacrifices should be made next to rivers or other sources of flowing sweet water.

    Sacrificial Foods: Ochin-Ochin (spinach with shrimp) and pumpkins. Her fruit is the lucuma. All of her food should be liberally garnished with honey. Oshun drinks chamomille tea. The water for the tea, and all water used in a ceremony for Oshun, should be river water.

    All offerings to Oshun must be extremely clean and well prepared. She will not enter a dirty house.

    Herbs: Rose, sunflowers, Indian lotus, morasun, alambrilla, frescura, cucaracha, hierba nina, arabito, mazorquilla, paraguita morada, hierba fina, ale and female ferns, creeping crowfoot, purslane, oranges and orange leaves, papaya, amber, anise seed and flower, peppergrass, marigold, sow thistle, river weeds, seaweed, white hamelias, plantain, vervain, lantana, purple grapes, maidenhair fern, rosemary, wild lettuce.

    Ornaments: Copper is Oshun's metal and she is sometimes represented by a gourd crowned by festive feathers and filled with copper pennies. She also loves gold and her chief ornaments consist of a golden crown with five points. From the points, hang five rays, five spears or five arrows. Oshun also owns two oars, a bell, and five bracelets. She loves fans made of peacock feathers.

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    Apataki:

    Oshun is now married to Chango. Her first husband was Orunmila.

    Oshun was the most breathtaking, absolutely beautiful maiden in the region when she was a young girl. Hundreds of suitors would come seeking to marry her. But, the result would always be the same.

    "marry me," gasped or shouted, or whispered the suitor.

    And Oshun would turn her back and walk away from the young man. Their last sight of Oshun would be her exquisite hips swinging back and forth, disappearing into her mother's house.

    More and more suitors showed up at Oshun's house. They brought mountains of gifts. Their horses trampled the garden. Finally, after seeing her rose bushes eaten by a camel, Oshun's mother rushed out of the house shouting, "That's enough!"

    The serenaders stopped playing in mid chord. The duelists dropped their swords.

    "You get out of my garden right now!" shouted Oshun's mother, "and don't come this way again."

    A brave suitor spoke up. "We're in love with your daughter."

    "That's right," said another. "We're here to win her hand."

    "You're here making my life miserable," grumbled Oshun's mother. However, she realized that they were right in wooing her daughter, since she was the greatest beauty in the region.

    "You're in the right," she told the surprised suitor. "But," she added, raising her voice to be heard by the crowd of suitors. "This madness has got to stop."

    "But, we want to marry your daughter," they wailed.

    "Quiet!" shouted Oshun's mother. "I have determined a fair way for all of you to compete for my daughter's hand without tearing around in my flowers and vegetables."

    The crowd settled down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taina
    Hi Darling!

    i will. Any requests?
    Morning mami

    I just now looking at this post and... oh, ok, I see info on Ochun.

    Carry on.
    "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." - Oprah Winfrey

    "If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous." ~Paulo Coelho

    "I find your lack of faith disturbing" - Darth Vader

    Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit
    the floor each morning the devil says:
    "Oh Crap, She's up!"

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    "My daughter's name is secret. Only I know it. The one who finds out what her name is will have proven that he has the cunning to win my daughter's hand in marriage. His skill will melt my daughter's heart and will win my approval. He will be her husband."

    Orunmila was in the crowd of suitors. He is the god of oracles and can see the future.

    "This should be easy," he said to himself, concentrating.

    But, no matter what he did or how many times he threw the coconuts or rattled the cowrie shells, Orunmila was unable to find out the name of the most beautiful girl in the region.

    Orunmila's other attribute is wisdom. He knew when to call for help. He went out in search of Elegua and found the trickster Orisha. Even though he was only Orunmila's porter, Elegua had taught him all the sciences and secrets of divination.

    "Elegua, old friend, you must help me," cried Orunmila, seizing Elegua by the shoulders.

    "Do you need money?" asked Elegua.

    "I'm in love and I need your help," said Orunmila.

    "Even worse," said Elegua.

    "Please help me find the name of the most beautiful girl in the region," pleaded Orunmila. "She has won the hearts of all the men, but I want her only for myself. I want her for my wife."

    "And what do you need me for?" asked Elegua.

    "Only you, Elegua, who is such a wily trickster can find out the secret of her name."

    Elegua smiled modestly. "I'll try," he said.

    He went directly to Oshun's mother's house. He stayed there for days. Some days, he disguised himself as an old man. Other days, he maintained his surveillance in the aspect of a small child. He spent days acting the fool in the local markets, hoping that a loose word would reveal the secret. Or, he pretended to be asleep in Oshun's doorway, the better to hear what went on inside.

    Patience always has its rewards. After many days of patient waiting, Elegua, dozing in the doorway, heard an argument inside.

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    Oshun's mother, who was always very careful never to say her daughter's name aloud, was very angry. Oshun had knocked over a fresh pot of Omiero while trying out a new and exciting dance step.

    "Oshun, look what you've done!" shouted the mother.

    Elegua heard. "Oshun, Oshun," he said to himself, "That Oshun is going to cost you a daughter, dear lady. That Oshun will turn a daughter into a wife."

    Elegua didn't waste any time in getting back to Orunmila's house.

    "Well?" asked Orunmila anxiously.

    "This has not been easy," said Elegua.

    "What have you found out?"

    "I had to spend weeks in the most uncomfortable positions," said Elegua.

    "What is her name?"

    "Weeks and weeks I spent wearing itchy beards and a small boy's body," said Elegua. "I'm all cramped.

    "Please?" pleaded Orunmila.

    "Her name is Oshun."

    Orunmila ran to Oshun's house. He knocked on the door. she opened it.

    "You are going to be my wife because now I know your name," he told her.

    "What is this? What is this?" asked the mother, appearing behind Oshun.

    "Your name is Oshun," said Orunmila, pointing his finger at her. "And now you are mine."

    The two of them were married and were happy for some time but...

    Men kept making offers and improper advances to Oshun, even now that she was a married woman. She paid no attention to any of them.

    One day, at a party, she glanced at the drummer, who was able to pull heavenly rhythms out of his instrument. Oshun was smitten. She was transfixed by love. She kept looking at the handsome drummer and saying to herself, "He will be mine."

    The miraculous drummer was none other than Chango.

    "Chango, do you see her?" asked the other Orishas at the party. "Oshun, the most beautiful of all is trying to flirt with you."

    "So?" asked Chango, concentrating on a specially difficult passage.

    "Make love to her," said the Orishas. "She is beautiful and wants you."

    Chango smiled at his friends and replied, "I have more women than I know what to do with. They throw themselves at me."

    "Braggart," thought the other Orishas.

    "Besides," said Chango, counterpointing his decision with the beat of the drums. "I'm not ready for any more complications right now."

    That was what Chango said, but, who can resist Oshun's enchantments? Who can say no to her grace and her flirtatious ways? Who can let her walk away after seeing her hips swaying? Who can refuse the invitation of her moist fleshly lips?

    Chango, the great womanizer, the great conqueror could not resist. He became interested in her. Oshun, for her part, became colder as Chango grew warmer. She wanted to teach him a lesson for having slighted her on their first meeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taina
    "Oh, my mother Oshun, Queen of rivers and streams. Oh, my mother Oshun, hear our prayers. Near the waterfall there is a small cave, near the waterfall there is a small golden bench; near the waterfall my mother Oshun often comes to rest."

    Oshun, the Yoruban Goddess of love, delights in the creation of beauty and art, sensual delights and self-adornment. Her symbols are mirrors, jewelry, honey, golden silks and feather fans. Creativity in decorating home and temple is a way of honoring Oshun, who will bless any beautiful space created in Her honor. There is no object so common that Oshun will not appreciate more if it is made artistic and pleasing to the eye. Creativity in dress and self-adornment please her as well, and when Oshun is pleased, her blessings know no limits.


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    It became too much for Chango. He waited for Orunmila to leave his house one day, went to the door and knocked. When Oshun answered, Chango burst in.

    "If you don't give me your love," said Chango, grabbing her arms, "I'll go off to war and never return."

    Oshun's heart melted. "Don't go," she said. "I'll love you forever."

    "Forever?" asked Chango, a little taken aback.

    "I'll be with you all your life," said Chango. "I'll be your wife."

    On that day, she left Orunmila's house and went to live with Chango. Their love produced the Ibeyi.


    Notes:

    Oshun is the most beautiful Orisha. She is sexy, flirtatious and happy. As goddess of rivers, she loves to bathe naked in natural springs.

    As Chango's wife, she is understanding of the difficulties in love and marriage. She also helps those with money problems, since she controls the purse strings in Chango's household. But, the petitioner should beware, Oshun can take money away as easily as she bestows it.

    Oshun loves parties and celebrations. No one has ever seen her cry. When Oshun takes over the body of a believer during a "golpe de Santo", she laughs continuously and puts on the airs of a distinguished society lady. Her arrival is always greeted with the words, "yeye dari yeyeo'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoneyEmpress
    Oshun, the Yoruban Goddess of love, delights in the creation of beauty and art, sensual delights and self-adornment. Her symbols are mirrors, jewelry, honey, golden silks and feather fans. Creativity in decorating home and temple is a way of honoring Oshun, who will bless any beautiful space created in Her honor. There is no object so common that Oshun will not appreciate more if it is made artistic and pleasing to the eye. Creativity in dress and self-adornment please her as well, and when Oshun is pleased, her blessings know no limits.


    that is beautiful.

    Shandy glad to see u in here

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoneyEmpress
    You explained the feeling of the song so well... It's very comforting...

    Mornin Soleil, sweet Taina, sista Vincy Diva (you're right long time dahlin), CocaColaBockle, and everyone else... Have a bless day!! I hope I'm allowed to come on here even at work.

    Morning Queen. That music moved me, and moving me still. Wonder where I can get that on CD?
    Live ah Little...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soleil
    Morning Queen. That music moved me, and moving me still. Wonder where I can get that on CD?

    hiiiiieee Warrior Sun!!! I guess we're goin to have to do a search!! This thread is going to make me sit here and not leave!! HAVE A BLESSED ONE PEOPLE!!

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    I've added more pictures. from page 1 onward. so if u guys want to take a look at them you are more than welcome.

    And now...let's present Obatala.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soleil
    Morning Queen. That music moved me, and moving me still. Wonder where I can get that on CD?

    i'm not sure if the CD u want is here, but u can try this site

    http://www.lucumi.com/music.cfm

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    Obatala

    Loving Father

    King of the White Cloth

    Dwelling

    In the highest mountains

    Hear our song

    Of praise and thanks

    For all the loving care You give

    Encompassing

    All purity

    Light and divine Love!

    Gentle Father....

    Give us Your Blessing of Peace!

    ACHE!!!
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    OBATALA

    Saint: Our Lady of Mercy (La Virgen de las Mercedes).

    Day of the Week: Sunday. Thursday is also popular.

    Colors and Collars (Ilekes):His color is the purest white. The collar is made up of all white beads. A variation on the collar is 21 white beads followed by a coral bead repeated to make up the desired length.

    Sacrificial Animals:Female goats, white chickens, white canaries. In cases of grave illness, he will accept a white female calf.

    Sacrificial Foods: Yam, rice flour paste, corn meal dumplings and black eyed peas. He hates alcoholic beverages. The only spice that Obatala likes is cocoa butter. He drinks chequete. His water comes from the rain. His favorite fruit is the sweet soursop (guanabana).

    Herbs: Amansa Guapo, Chamise (wild cane), madonna lilies, calla lilies, cotton, purslane, almonds, white hamelia, white elderberry, white peonies, sweet basil, sweet soursop, wild mint, marjoram, jimson weed, blite, goosefoot, African bayonet, yucca, witch hazel and sweet balm among others. eguere egun, san diego blanco

    Ornaments: Obatala's image must be made of white metal or silver. In one hand, he holds a crown. A sun, a moon, four wristlets, a walking stick with a clenched fist, a half moon and a coiled snake; all made out of silver. Two ivory eggs.
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