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God Name and Meaning

List of Gods : "Yoruba"   (70 records)

NameOriginDescription
Goddess name
"Aja"
Yoruba A goddess of healing, herbs & of knowledge
Spirit name
"Ajalamo"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa God of unborn children. According to legend, in some vague mythological realm there exist rows of shelves with spirits of the unborn. These are the responsibility of Ajalamo....
God name
"Ajalamo Yoruba"
Africa God of fetuses. west Africa() / Nigeria
Goddess name
"Aje"
Yoruba Goddess of wealth in all its forms Yoruba
Goddess name
"Aje"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Goddess of wealth. She is thought to appear as a fowl scratching the earth and, in creation mythology, was sent down with ODUDUWA, the earth goddess....

"Among the Yoruba"
Africa / Nigeria Aja also refer to a "wild wind";. It's believed that if someone is carried away by aja, and then returns,he becomes a powerful "jujuman". The journey supposedly will have a duration of between seven days to three months, and the person so carried is thought to have gone to the land of the dead or heaven (0run).
God name
"Dzakuta"
Nigeria A sky god and the ‘thrower of celestial stones.' The Yoruba, Nigeria
Goddess name
"Egungun oya"
Africa Another form of the Yoruba goddess of divination
God name
"Eji Ogbe"
Africa God who is king of the pantheon Africa(west) / Nigeria / Yoruba
God name
"Eji Ogbe"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Tutelary god. The so-called “king” of the pantheon and mentioned in a legend of the dove which is a symbol of prosperity....
God name
"Eschu"
Africa / Yoruba The god of mischief, is the son of Lusa and Mahu. He supported Legba in giving power of the loa to a mortal as a force of good against the evil unleashed by their brother Sagbata. Africa / Yoruba
Deities name
"Eschu/ Legba"
Yoruba / Africa These deities are messengers between gods & mortals, not very nice either

"Eshu"
Yoruba / Fon Divine messenger. Yoruba / Fon
God name
"Eshu"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Itinerant god. An ancient deity regarded as the attendant and messenger of the creator god OLODUMARE. He passes among mortal people assessing character and meting out punishment. Devotees are identified by necklaces of black or brown beads....
God name
"Esu"
Benin / Yoruba The dark side of God. He is an independent entity and timeless. Benin / Yoruba
God name
"Esu Edo"
Benin / Yoruba A god of passage that stands at the gates of home of the gods
God name
"Ifa"
Yoruba God of wisdom, knowledge and divining Yoruba
God name
"Ifa"
Yoruba / western Nigeria, West Africa God of wisdom. An oracular deity who, according to tradition, lives in a sanctuary in the holy city of Ile Ife but who is called on by the tutelary god, OLDUMARE, for advice. He is the father of eight children, all of whom became paramount chiefs....
Goddess name
"Monje"
Yoruba Goddess of rivers Yoruba
Goddess name
"Nana"
Yoruba One of the names of the creator god / goddess. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Oba"
Yoruba A goddess & protector of prostitutes
God name
"Oba"
Yoruba God of thunder and lightning. Yoruba
God name
"Obatala"
Yoruba A creator god; he made human bodies, and his father, Olorun breathed life into them. While Olorun is considered the creator of the universe, Obatala created the world and humanity, being seen as the father of orishas and humankind. Yoruba
God name
"Obatala"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Fertility god. The first deity engendered by the creator god OLODUMARE. His consort is Yemowo. Among other responsibilities, he makes barren women fertile and shapes the fetus in the womb. He is considered to be the sculptor of mankind. He is depicted wearing white robes and symbolizes cleanliness. Offerings include coconuts and maize fruits. A jar of clean water is carried by a priestess to his sanctuary each morning and the water is drunk by women to make them fertile. Also Orishanla (archaic); Orisha-Popo; Orisha-Ogiyan; Orisha-Ijaye....
God name
"Obatala/ Obosom"
Yoruba A fertility god, he makes barren women fertile & shapes the fetus in the womb
Goddess name
"Obba"
Yoruba Goddess and protector of prostitutes. Yoruba
Supreme god name
"Oduduwa"
Yoruba The son of the supreme God Olodumare or Olorun, and was sent by him from heaven to create the earth. Descending from the heavens via a chain let down to Ile Ife, Oduduwa brought with him a chicken, some soil in a snail shell, and a calabash. After throwing the soil upon the waters, he set the cock on the soil who in turn scratched and scattered it around to create the rest of dry land that became the earth's surface. Yoruba
Supreme god name
"Oduduwa"
Yoruba The son of the supreme God Olodumare or Olorun, and was sent by him from heaven to create the earth. Descending from the heavens via a chain let down to Ile Ife, Oduduwa brought with him a chicken, some soil in a snail shell, and a calabash. After throwing the soil upon the waters, he set the cock on the soil who in turn scratched and scattered it around to create the rest of dry land that became the earth's surface. Yoruba
Supreme god name
"Oduduwa"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Creator goddess. The consort, or alternatively the daughter, of the supreme god OLODUMARE. She is perceived as the substance, or matrix, of the earth which Olodumare impregnated to generate life. She is also a goddess of war and her sons include the great heroic Yoruba god OGUN. According to some traditions Oduduwa is also perceived as a god....
God name
"Ogun"
Nago / Edo / Yoruba / W Africa A god of iron, hunting & war
God name
"Oko"
Nigeria Oko god of the farm and Agriculture. Yoruba, Nigeria
God name
"Oko (hoe)"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa God of Agriculture. According to tradition he descended from heaven and lived at a farm near the town of Irao, where he attained a great age. One day he disappeared, leaving only his staff which was taken as a symbol of his presence. Annually, at the start of the Rainy season, a festival with strong fertility emphasis is held in his honor....
God name
"Olodumare"
Yoruba The sky Father and creator of the universe. Occasionally androgynous or female, he is a god of peace, purity and harmony. Yoruba
God name
"Olodumare"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Creator god. He engendered the god OBATALA as his deputy. The souls of the dead are expected to make confession to Olodumare. When he created the earth, he filled a snail's shell with dirt, placed inside it a hen and a pigeon and threw it down, whereupon the hen and pigeon began to scatter the earth and create land. Olodumare then sent a chameleon to report on progress. Sand was added, followed by a palm, a coconut and a kola nut tree. When these were established the god placed on earth the first sixteen humans. Also Alaaye; Elemii; Olojo Oni; Olorun; Orishanla....
God name
"Olodumare/ Alaaye/ Elemii/ Olojo/ Oni/ Olorun/ Orishanla"
Yoruba / Nigeria A creator god to whom the souls of the dead are expected to make a confession

"Olojo Oni"
Yoruba The owner and controller of this day and of the daily happenings. All men and women totally depend on the Supreme Being. Yoruba
God name
"Olokun"
Fon / Yoruba / Benin / Nigeria, West Africa God of fresh waters and oceans. The eldest son of the creator god OSANOBUA. He is symbolized in the sacred river Olokun, which runs almost the length of Benin and from the source of which come the souls of unborn children. A girl baby is given a shrine of the god which includes a pot of river water and which she takes with her to her new home when she marries. The god is particularly popular among women and has a cult of priestesses. Olokun is also a guardian deity of mariners....

"Olorun"
Yoruba The sky Father and creator of the universe. Yoruba
Spirit name
"Ori"
Yoruba A metaphysical concept important to Yoruba spirituality and Orisha worship.
God name
"Ori (mind)"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa God of wisdom. The deity who, in heaven, guides the soul but who also acts as a personal guardian, controlling individual mental ability, so that one person becomes wise and another foolish....
God name
"Orisanla"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa sky god. Delegated by OLODUMARE as a creator of earth and living things....
Supreme god name
"Orisha"
Yoruba Orisa, Orixa, a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare, supreme god, in the Yoruba spiritual or religious system.
God name
"Orisha Nla"
Yoruba God ordered by Olorun to create solid ground. Yoruba
God name
"Orunmila"
Nigeria God of mercy and destiny. Yoruba, Nigeria
God name
"Orunmila"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa God of destiny. He accompanied the creator god OLODUMARE at the creation of the world and when the destinies of mankind were decided. He is consulted in an oracular capacity at IFA and makes decisions on such matters as choice of sacrificial animals. He is also a god of healing and in many households enjoys personal shrines which include palm nuts, fragments of ivory and sea shells....
God name
"Oshe"
Yoruba God of thunder and lightning. Yoruba
God name
"Oshossi"
Yoruba God of the Forest and hunting. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Oshun"
Yoruba A goddess of healing, fertility & rivers
Goddess name
"Oshun"
Yoruba A spirit-goddess who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Oshun Ana"
Yoruba Goddess of love. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Osun"
Yoruba Goddess of fertility who still has a Sacred Grove on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Osun"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa River goddess. The daughter of Oba Jumu and Oba Do and the consort of the god SHANGO. The guardian deity of the river Osun, revered particularly in the towns and villages along the banks of the river where sacred weapons are kept in her shrines. Also a goddess of healing. She is worshiped particularly by women and is honored in an annual festival, the Ibo-Osun, during which new cultic priestesses are selected....
Goddess name
"Oya"
Yoruba A warrior goddess of fire, Rainstorms, justice & the wind
Goddess name
"Oya"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa River goddess. The consort of the god SHANGO, she is the guardian deity of the river Niger. Also a goddess of storms and thunder. Her sacred animal is the buffalo and her presence is symbolized by its horns....
Goddess name
"Oya-Yansan"
Yoruba Goddess of the Niger River. She is seen in aspects of warrior-goddess of wind, lightning, fertility, fire and magic. She creates hurricanes and tornadoes and guards the underworld. Yoruba
God name
"Sagbata"
Yoruba God who inflicts smallpox or madness. Yoruba
God name
"Sango"
Yoruba / Nigeria A god of thunder
God name
"Sango Yoruba"
Nigeria God of thunder Nigeria
God name
"Sarigo"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa God of thunder. His sacred animal is the ram whose bellowing is likened to the noise of thunder. Attributes include an ax which is worn on the head and bears six eyes....
God name
"Shagpona"
Yoruba God of smallpox Yoruba
God name
"Shaikpaia"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Plague god. The son of SHANGO, he is credited with having once been a god of war who invaded the country (as a disease). He is particularly identified with smallpox. His symbol is the sesame plant which takes the form of a taboo and brings disease to those who take it into their house. A festival is held in September to propitiate Shankpana with sacrifices of animals and fruit....
God name
"Shakplana"
Nigeria God of plague identified with smallpox Nigeria / Yoruba
God name
"Shango"
Yoruba A god of war, storms, thunder & fertility
God name
"Shango"
Yoruba God of war, storms, thunder and fertility. Yoruba
God name
"Shango"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Chthonic storm god. As an earth deity he was once a mortal man, the king of Oyo, who transformed himself into an immortal. According to tradition, during his life he breathed tongues of fire. He then ascended into the sky by climbing a golden chain and became the god of thunder and lightning. He is also god of justice, punishing thieves and liars. His consorts include OYA, Oshun and Oba. Cult followers of Shango are believed to be able to make lightning strike an adversary. In shrines to Shango, the image of the god is adorned with a ram's head. Also SANGO....
God name
"Sopona"
Yoruba God of smallpox Yoruba
Goddess name
"Yemanja"
Yoruba Yemonja, a mother goddess; patron deity of women, especially pregnant women; and the Ogun river, the waters of which are said to cure infertility. Yoruba
Goddess name
"Yemoja"
Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa Goddess of water. The creatrix of all the rivers in the area, particularly the river Ogun. She is chiefly worshiped by women and the sacred river water is considered a remedy for infertility. She is propitiated with animal and vegetable sacrifices. Attributes: cowrie shells....
Goddess name
"Yemonja"
Nigerian / Yoruba She is one of the great goddesses
Goddess name
"Ymoja"
Yoruba Goddess of rivers and of the sea Yoruba