UNBELIEVABLE The 75 Hectares Shrine In 2021. A Tour Of 0sun Osogbo Sacred Groove

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In this video, i and a few friends decided to visit osun state for the first time on tour. Though i reside in Ibadan Oyo state, i had never been to the famous osogbo town in Osun. Our destination was the Osun Oshogbo sacred groove, prior to my visit, all i knew about the place was that it was a tourist attraction with lots of cute monkeys living freely in their natural habitat. what no one told me was that, i was visiting the biggest site housing yoruba heritage, relics, artifacts and items of traditional African worship. This place known as the OSUN SACRED GROOVE is listed as UNESCO as one of the world heritage centers of the world. The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheon of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities. The sacred grove, which is now seen as a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is probably the last in Yoruba culture. It testifies to the once widespread practice of establishing sacred groves outside all settlements. The Grove is an active religious site where daily, weekly and monthly worship takes place. In addition, an annual processional festival to re-establish the mystic bonds between the goddess and the people of the town occurs every year over twelve days in July and August and thus sustains the living cultural traditions of the Yoruba people. The Grove is also a natural herbal pharmacy containing over 400 species of plants, some endemic, of which more than 200 species are known for their medicinal uses.

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