He’s the great king of the Universe and the glorious pinnacle of Yoruba mythology. Like the Christian JEHOVAH he is also a three-in-one trinity god — comprising OLORUN the Lord of Heaven, OLODUMARE, the Ultimate Creator and OLOFI the Messenger. Excellent value.
In OLODUMARE mode he’s surprisingly good at passing the buck. His wonderful blueprints for planet Earth were amazingly ambitious. But he prudently decided to delegate the job to someone else. It wouldn’t do for the Master of All to get his hands dirty.
This led to all kinds of embarrassing complications before life as we know it was achieved. See OBATALA’s entry for the whole story.
As supreme deity, OLORUN’s fame has spread as far afield as the Caribbean. But rumors persist that he’s secretly leading a secret double life as windy YANSAN. You can’t trust everything you hear. Perhaps we should ask his trusty messenger ELEGUA.
Olorun Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: OLÒRÚN, OLURUN, OLODUMARE, OLOFI
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Everything
Area of expertise: Supreme, Everything
Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Article last updated on 19 May 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.