I've always wondered why the Osun-Oshogbo sacred grove was so important to people and I always pondered on its value. At first, I thought it was just a place where people go to worship because it was called sacred, and it was also a tourist attraction site also. I never thought it had any specialty in the life of people. Still having such an opinion in me, I saw a few pictures of the sacred grove. It was filled with lots of sculptures some of which scared me. I had an impinge on the place thinking it was creepy but my anxiety towards knowing more about the grove was high.
I decided to make a research on the sacred grove and I was amazed to realize the fact that it left behind. I discovered that the Osun-Oshogbo sacred grove wasn't creepy at all, it was one of the last surviving records of the Yoruba diaspora. I'm sure that it'll interest you to know more about this sacred grove and all the history it left behind. In every settlement in the Yoruba land existed a grove, but the rapid vanishing of such groves made the Osun-Oshogbo grove much more unique in reference to the Yoruba identity.
The Osun-Oshogbo sacred grove is a large cultural landscape found at the ends of the western part of Nigeria. It had been in existence for one 400 years ago (4 centuries). The land was dedicated to the goddess of fertility, Osun, and the people of the Yoruba kingdom carried out their religious practices and prayers there. The grove is known to be one of the largest groves to survive up to date.
The grove had a passage whereby the Osun rivers flowed through together with several shrines and sculptural artifacts along its path.
Late in the twentieth century, there was a development that was done and added to the grove in order to protect it and add to its spiritual stature, this was led by a Yoruba priestess named Susanne Wenger. The grove was renovated to be more of a center for artistic activity with a mash of concurrent African art. In 2005, the UNESCO team dedicated the place to be a world heritage site due to the originality of the Grove.
Although religious practices are still carried out in the sacred grove, the population of Oshogbo is affecting the grove. The sacred grove is affected my several bush fires and naturally occurring disasters that may occur, the Osun river carry polluted waste materials across the grove and this has an effect on the grove. The Nigerian heritage authorities are trying all their best to see that the place is kept in order. We can't afford to miss such a historical place like the sacred grove in Osun due to natural disasters.
Below are several pictures of the Osun-Oshogbo sacred grove that I keenly selected which best shows the various sections of the shrines, sculptures, and natural habitat of the grove.
Pictures of the sacred grove in Osun.
These are just a few of the historical artifacts being kept. I'm sure that some from the Yoruba land never knew about this, but to those who know about this haven't visited the site yet. Though others may have, it's important that you witness such a marvelous sight.
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