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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 20

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Yikes! If the figure of Osun doesn't grab you, this will. Meet Obatala, another orisha. Yoruba religion makes room for 401 of them--which is to say an innumerable number. They are all fragments of Olodumare, the primeval deity. He had allowed his body to be divided into orishas representing different aspects of the cosmos. It's not so different from the religion of India, where innumerable gods turn out to be expressions of the One. Obatala, in any case, is the creator of human bodies. Wenger wrote that he was "the one who captured me.” He looks like he could do it, too, even if that's only because we've seen Alien and its ilk. Makes you wonder if Wenger did, too.

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