Common mistakes about this deity.
Many people call her “The African Venus” which strikes me as dismissive and annoying. She is Venusian-she rocks that planet’s energies, no doubt. However, she isn’t ” The Greek Venus in Brown”. She has her own myths and comes from a living tradition (actually many) if you want to learn about her, it’s quite easy to learn from her own practitioners. You can also invite her to come to your dreams and teach you.
Trust me, she will communicate every thing she wants you to know.
Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
This is an odd one to answer, because I’m not sure this applies to Oshun, and not having traveled in the places of the Diaspora, I don’t have the ability to compare her from Cuba to her from Brazil.
I will say that she is found in traditions throughout Carribean, United States, Africa, and South America.
We find inspiration in the strangest places:
“I accept the beauty within me, as who I really am.”
Epithets of this Deity
Ibu Ana- of the Drums
Ibu Kole- of the Vulture
Ibu Ololodi- the Great Warrior
Ibu Akuaro- lives where the river meets the ocean