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Rainbow, Serpent, Regeneration, Rebirth
Member of Orisha
Other namesOsumare or Oshunmare;
Ochumaré Oxumaré
Venerated inYoruba religion, Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Haitian Vodou, Folk Catholicism
Symbolpermanence, wealth
Colorpurple or burgundy, the rainbow
RegionNigeria, Benin, Latin America
Ethnic groupYoruba

Oshunmare (known as Ochumaré or Oxumaré in Latin America) is an Orisha.[1][2][3][4] Osumare is the spirit of the rainbow, and Osumare also means rainbow in the Yoruba language.

See also


  1. ^ Allen F. Roberts (April 1992). "Chance Encounters, Ironic Collage". African Arts. 25 (2): 54–63, 97–98. doi:10.2307/3337060. JSTOR 3337060.
  2. ^ Paul Carter Harrison, Gus Edwards (2002). Black theatre: ritual performance in the African diaspora. Temple University Press. p. 418. ISBN 978-1566399449. Retrieved 2010-04-27.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Washington, Teresa N. (2015). Our mothers, our powers, our texts: manifestations of Àjé in Africana literature. ISBN 978-0991073054.
  4. ^ Washington, Teresa N. Nickels in the Nation Sack: Continuity in Africana Spiritual Technologies.