Oshun or Ochun (pronounced [ɔʃún]) in Yoruba mythology, is a spirit-goddess (Orisha) who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. She is worshipped also in Brazilian Candomblé Ketu, with the name spelled Oxum. She should not be confused, however, with a different Orisha of a similar name spelled "Osun," who is the protector of the Ori, or our heads and inner Orisha. Ọṣhun is beneficent and generous, and very kind. She does, however, have a horrific temper, though it is difficult to anger her. Oshun went to a drum one day and fell in love with the king dancer Shango, the god of lightning & thunder. Shango is married to Oba, Oya, and Oshun, though Oshun is considered his principal wife.
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