Saturday, October 11, 2008

Oshun, Voodoo Goddess of Love

In Yoruban mythology, Oshun is an Orisha (spirit goddess) of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. She represents the cosmological forces of water, moisture, and attraction. Her power is represented as the force of harmony - harmony seen as beauty, felt as love, and experienced as ecstasy.

Oshun is known as the mother of things outside the home, due to her business acumen. She is also known as she who has ears, because of how quickly and effectively she answers prayers. When she possesses her followers she dances, flirts and then weeps- because no one can love her enough and the world is not as beautiful as she knows it could be.

I created this Oshun Voodoo doll in my signature conjure art style out of two sticks and Spanish moss and wrapped her in gold fabric, gave her a gold crown and draped her with gold chains. Yes, she loves bling - gold bling in particular. She is holding a gold prayer ball that contains some of her favorite things; stones, fetish, and a suprise or two. You can put a prayer in her prayer ball and be assured she will answer it.

Her face is made of polymer clay and painted, and her hair is some black curly doll hair I found in a thrift store somewhere combined with some black fancy yarn. She is standing on a piece of tile trimmed in gold ribbon.