The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Nigeria is one of the African countries with a great cultural heritage which is proudly kept and protected by her people.

From the south to the west, east and northern parts of the country, Nigerians are a proud set of people who are always prepared to go any length to preserve their cultural heritage.

For this reason, Legit.ng visited the Osun/Osogbo grove, where the dreaded Osun goddess, known as Yeye Osun resides and where the annual Osun/Osogbo festival takes place.

The festival is always being attended by other African nations, as people also come into Nigeria from far away Brazil, Peru, Cuba, America, Germany UK, among other countries of the world, a sign that Osun is one of the most cherished states in the origin of the Yorubas especially.

During the visit to Osogbo, the Osun state capital, our correspondents met the Chief priestess Chief (Mrs) Adedoyin Talabi Faniyi, the adopted daughter of Madam Susanne Wenger (the late Iya Orisa of the grove), who gave a good account of how things work in the grove.

Before our entrance to the courtyard, the Chief priestess was seen appeasing the gods of the river.

"Yeye ooo, Omi ooo," she said in Yoruba, meaning "My mother, water" just as a way of reverencing the goddess that resides in the water.

On entering the courtyard, we were made to put away our shoes as it nobody was allowed to wear shoes inside the sacred grove, as our cameras were barred from entering the Osun shrine where sacrifices and requests are being made.

Apart from the unseen 'powers that be' in the shrine, our correspondents gathered that the forest is a dangerous one at night because of the wild animals that come outside to 'play' when the people have left.

Even the chief custodian of the river who 'feeds' the Yeye Osun told our correspondent in Yoruba that, "I cannot stay inside this place beyond 4pm. Ask people around, anything that happens to you after this period is totally your business."

The Osun goddess is also known to be a mother of many children as the "Osun Olomoyoyo" image inside the shrine depicts.

Many barren women have reportedly visited to have the river goddess help them with child bearing with several promises made to bring something back for the deity.

While many of them have remembered to fulfill their promises, some others forgot in transit and have been dealt with by the Yeye Osun.

"And until they trace their steps back here to pay their vows before the Yeye, they shall continue to have problems with their children, regardless of  where they reside," Chief Faniyi explained to our correspondent.

During our visit, a woman and her husband were seen with the chief priestess, going towards the river to appease the goddess of many children.

And after whatever sacrifice that is made to appease the goddess of the river, our correspondents gathered that nobody is allowed to look back as anyone who does will live with whatever consequences that follows.

Oro yeye oooo

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

This sculpture represents Osun, the deity in charge of water and fertility. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

The main entrance to the Osun-Osogbo shrine inside the Osun-Osogbo grove. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

This is Arugba's path to the shrine; Arugba is a virgin maid chosen from a royal family to carry the 'authority' of the Osun deity on the day of Osun-Osogbo festival. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

A shrine inside the Osun-Osogbo grove. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

This sculpture represents ‘Osun Olomoyoyo’ meaning mother of many children. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

An open shrine inside Osun-Osogbo sacred grove. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

The main shrine which houses the temple of Osun inside Osun-Osogbo sacred grove. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Sculpture of a deity inside inside Osun grove. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Another sculpture representing a deity inside Osun sacred grove in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Chief priestess of Osun-Osogbo sacred grove leading Ifa devotees to the Osun river for sacrifice. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Chief priestess Adeyoyin Talabi Faniyi, coming out from the Osun temple. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

A sculpture representing a deity at the bank of Osun river inside Osun-Osogbo sacred grove in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

This sculpture here represents the Osun deity welcoming everyone to the Osun sacred grove, in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Main entrance to Osun courtyard in Osun-Osogbo sacred grove, Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Monkeys living inside Osun-Osogbo sacred grove in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

A shrine inside Osun-Osogbo sacred grove in Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

This building belongs to late Susanne Wenger, the Adunni Olorisha in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

Visitors' information centre at the Osun-Osogbo sacred grove in Osogbo, Osun state. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river
The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river
The mysteries behind Osun/Osogbo river

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