The Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove
The Osun Osogbo grove is located in Osun state in the southwestern region of Nigeria. The Yoruba people occupy this area predominantly. It was founded 400 years ago and is about 75 hectares of long. It was declared a national monument in 1965.
In the Yoruba land over 100 years ago, it was very common for most towns to have sacred groves; a lot of these groves have been abandoned today due to the westernisation of African culture. This is a result of slavery and colonialism. Osun Osogbo grove is the largest sacred grove in existence today in the Yoruba land.Within the
Within the forest, there are 40 shrines filled with sculptures and artwork in honour of Oshun and other Yoruba deities. There is a 2-week long festival usually in August that takes place in the grove. Along the riverbanks, there are two places nine worship points and 5 sacred places. Priests and priestesses of Oshun are can be found in these sacred places of worship.
Oshun is the Yoruba goddess of water, luxury, pleasure, sexuality & fertility, beauty and love. She is also often connected to destiny.