Oshun is not a new group or name by any means (for those of us who have been following them). Who are these women, who sent them, and what are they going to do while here? To start, are you familiar with Oshun? Have you met her? Told her any secrets? I’m sure when you heard their song “Protect Yourself”, your melanin flinched. Your body started to move as if in a trance and you found yourself wanting to paint sacred lines onto your face as you whispered: “protect yourself”. The power of Oshun, here’s a little about her…
Oshun is the Yorùbá Orisha (Deity) of the sweet or fresh waters (as opposed to the salt waters of Yemaya). She is widely loved, as she is known for healing the sick and bringing fertility and prosperity, and she especially watches over the poor and brings them what they need. As Orisha of love, Oshun is represented as a beautiful, charming and coquettish young woman. In some tales, she is said to be a mermaid, with a fish’s tail.
With the African diaspora, Oshun was brought to the Americas, and adopted into the pantheons that branched out of the African traditions. In the Brazilian religion of Candomblé, which retains close ties with the Yorùbá religion, as well as in Cuban Santeriá, She is called Oxum. In Haitian Vodou, she is an inspiration for Erzulie or Ezili, also a Deity of water and love.(via http://www.thaliatook.com/AMGG/oshun.php)
In such, telling times in the United States and throughout the African diaspora, more people of African descent are educating themselves in African spirituality – making this spiritually charged group truly a breath of fresh air.
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