Extremely fertile God of Agriculture
His neighbors were intrigued and realized that the old farmer was more than he seemed. Obviously he was a divinity of great power. Not only could he appear and disappear at will, but his fruit and vegetables were magnificent.
Once everyone realized OKO's true nature, his staff took on a whole new meaning — as a phallic symbol. Obviously he'd left it sticking up like that on purpose to represent fertility.
These humble beginnings led to Orisha OKO being worshipped across the land as a deity of fertile farming and fecundity. He is almost a Yoruban PRIAPUS. At the start of the rainy season there is a festival devoted to him — in which men are allowed to get up close and fertile with any woman they choose. We just hope all that agricultural frolicking is consensual as well as sensual.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 320
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