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Olorun is the supreme deity of the Yoruban pantheon. He is also known as Olodumare and Olafin-Orun. They are names for his different aspects. Much like the Christian god, he has three elements.

Olorun is a creator deity and has no parents. He is the head of the Yoruban pantheon of Orishas. Olorun has sons, Orunmila and Obatala, and a daughter, Odudua. One of Olorun’s granddaughters in Yemjoba by way of Obatala. Olorun is the ruler of the sky and heavens. His sister, Olokun, is the goddess of the waters. Olorun is associated with all things white, including clouds and bones. He even is associated with brains. He is a God without a corporal form.

At first, there was just the sky and the waters. Olorun ruled the sky, and Olokun ruled the waters. This is a theme that seems to go through many pantheons. The women reign over the waters, and the men rule the sky, but I digress. Obatala wanted a place with land that had forests, and hills, and living things. Olorun agreed with Obatala’s idea, and Obatala found the knowledge of how to do it. Obatala was to put the land in the water. The land the Obatala created was called Ife. Olokun was not pleased with this and challenged Olorun to a weaving contest. She eventually lost even though she was a master of weaving.

Obatala became lonely on the land that he made. To keep him company, he built clay figures. Olorun breathed life into these figures, and humans were created. With humans becoming a thing, the Orishas came from the Heavens to live on the Earth. Olorun decreed that the Orishas would listen to the prayers of people and protect them.

Olorun is the most important god in the Yoruba pantheon. However, he has no festival or feast days. He has no yearly celebration. I can honestly say that I didn’t even know of him until Smite. Most people outside of Yoruba people don’t know of him. I am not saying you have to be of the Yorubas to know of him, just that it isn’t expected. A nifty fact, though, Paul Simon used his name (Olodumare) in the 1990 song “Rythm of the Saints.”

As the supreme deity of the Orishas, Olorun had to figure out what to do with humans. At first, they did not die. They continued to grow and live. There eventually were so many humans. Finally, they approached Olorun and asked for an end of life. He agreed to do this and made death. I wonder how that would feel. A living being comes to you because they want to die a death that is not there. You must create their end. This end then applies to all mortal living beings. How does it feel for your creation to ask for an ending? How does it feel to create their end? How do you “make” death and arrange an afterlife?

Feel free to give your thoughts on my musings in the comments below. I would love to read them, and I promise to respond. I don’t think that a creator god belongs in a game that they kill each other. What do you think? Tell me below. Until next time…