African gods: 3 myths about the god Obatala

Last Updated on July 6, 2021 by MyGh.Online

Obatala the son of the supreme god, Olorun bears a special place in the Yoruba mythology.

Here are 3 myths about Obatala,

This is one of the most beautiful imagery to depict a god. He has no colour and dwells in an ‘inexplicable white light’.

He is associated with purity, purpose, and compassion.

Sacrifices like coconut milk, white pumpkin, white birds and so on. Silver and Ivory are the colours of his charms.

Obatala was sent by Olorun to create the earth and human beings. Obatala made humans from clay.

Obatala is the father of all other gods and Orishas in Yoruba mythology and he is married to Yemoja.

Obatala was the first king of the first Yoruba city, Ile-Ife

Oduduwa is also a son of Olorun, a rival of Obatala. While Obatala was drunk, Oduduwa usurped the authority to rule from him. He later became the king and the ancestor of the Yoruba people.

Obatala was a powerful god but lost his relevance to alcohol and the wine.

Nevertheless, he is still worshipped today.

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