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The worship and meaning of Olokun in the Yoruba religious tradition are as vast as the waters that she represents. Known as the owner of great waters, Olokun symbolizes the most unfathomable depths of the ocean and the seas. Olokun is often associated with Yemoja (Yemonja), the Mother of Fishes, and together they represent the abundance, fertility, wealth, healing, and source of life and its mysteries. Olokun worshippers are found in Nigeria among the Edo and the Yoruba, as well as in the Republic of Benin, among the Fon. In Nigeria, Olokun worship is found mainly along the southern regions of the Nigerian and Benin Republics, especially along their coastlines.

Among the Yoruba and Fon, Olokun appears as female as well as male, whereas among ...

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