OSUN- OSHOGBO SACRED GROVE
The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheon of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities. The sacred grove, which is now seen as a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is probably the last in Yoruba culture. It testifies to the once widespread practice of establishing sacred groves outside all settlements.
Why is it a heritage location; the Osun Sacred Grove,is a heritage location because, The development of the movement of New Sacred Artists and the absorption of Suzanne Wenger, an Austrian artist, into the Yoruba community have proved to be a fertile exchange of ideas that revived the sacred Osun Grove;The Osun Sacred Grove is the largest and perhaps the only remaining example of a once widespread phenomenon that used to characterise every Yoruba settlement. It now represents Yoruba sacred groves and their reflection of Yoruba cosmology.Osun Grove is a tangible expression of Yoruba divinatory and cosmological systems; its annual festival is a living thriving and evolving response to Yoruba beliefs in the bond between people, their ruler and the Osun goddess.
Its significance to the city: it is has many significance to the city in many ways, The Osun Sacred Grove is the largest and perhaps the only remaining example of a once widespread phenomenon that used to characterise every Yoruba settlement. It now represents Yoruba sacred groves and their reflection of Yoruba cosmology, The Osun Grove is a tangible expression of Yoruba divinatory and cosmological systems; its annual festival is a living thriving and evolving response to Yoruba beliefs in the bond between people, their ruler and the Osun goddess.
How did you get there: I get the Osun Sacred Grove, by road transportation like bus and car and it is also get there by train and air too.
Your experience on the visit, etc: My experience at the Osun Sacred Grove is well okay and very good because.,I saw d sherin and the magical rival and I was told what to do with the water and I should also drop any amount of my choice of which I did.1st, on our arrival the place was so silent without sound which scared us to death. Along the line we were able to build up our mind to move away from the magical rivel to another part of the osun,I try all I could to see anyone around to tell me what to do with the magic water.after 30minutes later we saw a woman and d husband in charge of d magic water who instructed me to ask what ever I want from d magic water and watch my head with it and after that I notice I was at peace with my spirit. We also notice some pictures we took did not turn out well as expected.above all is a place to be.
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