Oshun is the goddess of the rivers. Oshun became a river and she took her source rom lle Ife at lta Agbon. The river was later joined by other smaller rivers like Odo Oba river and Erinle river at Asejire and became the Oshun that pass through Osogbo. She is a female energy. Oshun is also water of fertility. She is the giver and caretaker of the children. The Yoruba make offerings and pay homage to Oshun. The Oshun grove at Osogbo has gained international recognition. The annual Oshun festival has become an international event where people come from all over the world to be a part of the festival. The favorite colors of Oshun are yellow and gold. The Lukumi called Osun LaCarida de cobra because of the age of copper.
Oshun is perceived as the element of beauty and sweetness. Worshippers present honey and gold to Oshun in retum for beauty and happiness in their lives. One story said Oshun was a beautiful woman who was turned into a river by a jealous wife. To avenge herself, Osun made her barren on the condition that the jealous co-wife worship her as a river goddess. Then she would be able to conceive and bear children. lt is believed that if any woman looking for a child drinks Oshun water, she will conceive. The symbol of her worship is a pot ﬁlled with water with some stones in it. Gold and brass are the favorite metals of Oshun. Oshun is the energy of passion, beauty, love, and harmony. There are so many ornaments and jewelries to glorify the Orisa. Daughters of Oshun are usually very beautiful.