The Gods and Spirits of Africa


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Picture of the African Sea God OLOKUN from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Sea God

Highly popular Orisha and part-time deity of the sea

The facts vary greatly depending on the prevailing wind. Sometimes OLOKUN claims to be the brother of top God OLORUN and sometimes he doesn’t. We have a tangled mess of myths to deal with here and only a pair of rusty scissors to help us.

Some legends state that OLOKUN, one of the ORISHAS, couldn’t keep up in the deity rival stakes and settled for a sea-bed existence, which kept him in the swim with lots of holy fish maidens. One named ELUSU delighted him so much he married her.

As is typical of sea gods, OLOKUN is capricious and quick to anger. One legend blames him for an attempted flood — apparently humans irritated him so much he tried to wipe them all out. This is a tried and trusted tactic of aggravated gods, but in this case OBATALA came to the rescue and chained him up.

Despite the conflicting stories, there is one thing everyone agrees on — OLOKUN is a top demi-God who even today finds fame and fortune with Yoruba descendants across the globe.


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin, Edo people
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : the Ocean
God of : Sea, Seas, Ocean, Oceans

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Popularity index : 27223

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Article last updated on 22 April 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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