This pataki (legend) shows that the secrets of Olokun they respect each other and he doesn't like us to be curious.
Olokun is the deity of the Yoruba pantheon what habita in the deepest waters of the ocean, where absolutely no one has reached. She is a deity of great power, mysterious and with particular physical qualities, it is said that she is very beautiful, but she also has masculine characteristics.
He is the provider of health and abundance to men on earth, has an impetuous character and should not be disturbed in vain. What is asked from the heart of the Orisha will be received, but it should never be incurred in disrespect, because it is calamitous and righteous.
The bottom of the sea holds the most intrinsic secrets and they belong to Olokun ...
A fisherman lived with his wife and three children at a time when every day he went fishing and returned home empty-handed.
As fishing was going badly for him, he decided to go into the mountains to see that he could hunt and take his family as food to eat.
Walking from one place to another he met a man, they began to talk and when he saw the hunter so disturbed he asked him why he was so bad.
Then he begins to tell him that every day he went fishing and since he did not obtain anything he walked in the mountains already tired looking for what to take home.
The man says:
"I will help you, open your hands and I will put in them something that you must jealously guard and put it in a place where no one touches it or can see or pry."
He says goodbye to the man, gives him thanks and comes home to warn his wife and children that he will put something in a place and that they should not look or touch for anything in the world.
Then the other day came and the hunter went fishing, and from that moment the game was abundant, his earnings increased and his luck changed.
Olokun's secret is discovered and disobedience is punished:
His wife was very curious and every day she wanted to see what her husband guarded with suspicion. He calls his children and tells them to watch over their father, who needs that when they see that he is far from the house, they take advantage and go look at what he kept secret.
The children went to look, and as soon as they looked they fell on the floor dead.
When her mother saw them, she began to scream and hysterically came out screaming. At that moment her husband returned and told her what had happened but that she was the only one to blame because she had sent them to look.
The hunter begins to remember that that man had told him that if he had a problem to call Olokun in the place where he had kept his secret and the orisha would answer him, comment on his problem and offer an offering.
He went to where he kept the secret and calls Olokun, tells him what happened and that day he brought an Eyá Oro that he had caught and shows it to Olokun and says:
Olokun did not bring you to my home to kill my children, I brought you to have stability and health for my family as well, please accept this offering from Eyá Oro and bring my children back to life.
The man placed the Eyá Oro on Olokun and immediately his children opened their eyes and life came back to them.
For his great thanks to Olokun he took the Eya Oro and returned it to the sea.