Orisha oko He is the representative deity of the savannas, lands and cultivated fields. He is prayed for the stability and prosperity of farm work as the Deity of the land, agriculture and crops.
And it is that Orisha Oko represents the land itself and the life of agricultural work and crops, so she helps people by providing the means of support and giving the necessary food to live.
He is an extremely chaste Orisha, his messengers are bees and he represents prosperity and fertility, so sterile women turn to him to ask him to help them have children. He is also the arbiter of disputes, especially between women and Orishas.
This major deity forms an important trilogy with Oke and Oggue, responsible for crops, animals and rainwater for irrigation and abundance of food.
Among the curiosities of this saint, is that he has two personalities, by day he represents the pure and perfect man, and at night he disguises himself as Ikú (death) to receive the corpses that Yewá gives him and send them to Oyá through Babalú Ayé.
The pataki: Orisha Oko and Obatalá's decision
This patakí tells that the older father Obatala It had large plantations of yam and therefore all the Orishas considered it a sacred fruit that indicated truth, prosperity and abundance.
The yam, in addition, was a fruit with magical powers, since the Yoruba legends say that at night it spoke like a person and could make others speak during sleep, so it was even used in trials to search for hidden truths.
This fruit was so required that Obatalá needed without loss of time someone to tend to its crops. But that person had to be very discreet and could not take advantage of his work to do evil.
In addition, he must be an eager farmer, since the yam was sown by a secret formula so that it was given correctly and had its extraordinary powers.
The Orisha chosen to plant the yam
Obatalá finally made a decision and entrusted the planting of yams to Orisha Oko, deity of good harvests and agriculture in general.
Orisha Oko, who could not be partying or womanizing, and was a chaste and serious god, willingly agreed to take care of the sacred work entrusted to him by the old father. With him, yams were given full of power and in abundance.
The young farmer also made the yams grow under the ground, without anyone knowing how and without them being able to get to them.