Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)

OSANYIN

Yoruba Plant God

Slightly eccentric God of Herbs

He lives in the forest and looks after all those terribly useful plants. Well, someone has to do it. Whether it’s medicine or curry, he can supply the appropriate leaf from his magnificent herb garden.

He is usually found standing on one leg and leaning on his staff. If you ask him why, he won’t answer because he never speaks. Hopefully he will point out the herbs you need instead.

Osanyin Facts and Figures

Name: Osanyin
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Plants and Vegetation
Area of expertise: Plants

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 362

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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