Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)

OSHUNMARE

Yoruba Rainbow Spirit

Also known as Osumare

The Rainbow Serpent

Did you know that whenever you see a rainbow, it’s actually a multicolored snake spirit stretching strangely across the sky? Well, it is. We hope that alters your whole perspective on the world.

Oshunmare is one of the Orishas. He can reach so far across the sky that he managed to reach Brazil and elsewhere to become the colorful Vodou fertility spirit Aida-Wedo.

Oshunmare Facts and Figures

Name: Oshunmare
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Osumare

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

In charge of: Rainbows
Area of expertise: Rainbows

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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