Yourba Orishas - Osoosi and Olokun
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Òsóòsi (also called Oshosi) is a hunter and tracker and defender of justice. He helps people to balance the spiritual world and the natural world. He uses his knowledge of the forest to create herbal remedies. He is a sorcerer who is said to have a little bit of good and a little bit of bad.
Olokun is the androgynous Orisha of the oceans. It is said that it existed before the Earth was made habitable, when it was all covered in water. Like monsters that can hide in the depths of the ocean, Olokun governs the inner demons that can reside in the subconscious.
A story about Olokun that resembles flood myths through history is that one day, upset that humans were not paying it the respect it deserved, Olokun decided to flood the earth. He caused giant waves to rise up and rush toward the shore. The people were terrified and begged Obatala to help them.
Obatala stood between the wave and the shore. Olokun was riding the wave with a silver fan in hand. Obatala ordered Olokun to stop. Because Olokun respected Obatala, it promised to not destroy humanity. Still, it is said that when the sea is choppy, it is Olokun reminding us of its anger.