In Nigeria's Western State at the town of Oshogbo, local inhabitants and tourists have been spending the past week in ceremonies dedicated to the deification of the goddess Oshun.
MV's of the "Arygba"(Calabash carrier) surrounded by people (2 shots)
MV Women dancing with swords
SV's Igba being carried as women dance (3 shots)
SV's people in procession as Arugba is followed by crowds. (5 shots)
SV's women and children at riverside washing themselves form bank (3 shots)
SV men beating drums.
MV's & SV's Chief arrives holding idol (3 shots)
MV'S & SV's Women and children at riverside dipping fir water and washing (3 shots)
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Background: In Nigeria's Western State at the town of Oshogbo, local inhabitants and tourists have been spending the past week in ceremonies dedicated to the deification of the goddess Oshun.
The Oshun Festival is celebrated for eight days in August, in recognition of the protection given to the citizens of Oshogbo by the goddess Oshun. The activities of the festival include the offering of sacrifices at the Oshun Shrine, drumming, dancing, singing, feasting and general merry-making.
On the final day of the festivities the celebrations move to Oshun's shrine on the banks of the Oshun river. There the Arugba, usually a young virgin, carries to the shrine a calabash, (a large container) within which are antiquities and relies associated with the Goddess.
Oshun was one of the wives of Sango a powerful ruler of the region who was later deified into a god of thunder. It was said that Oshun's great love for children led people to believe that she possessed mystical powers to make barren women fertile and to protect the children of Oshogbo.