Member of Orisha
Oxóssi sculpture at Catacumba Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesOxossi, Ochosi, Ososi, Oxosi or Osawi
Venerated inYoruba religion, Dahomey mythology, Vodun, Santería, Candomblé, Haitian Vodou, Umbanda
RegionNigeria, Benin, Brazil, Haiti
Ethnic groupYoruba people

Oshosi (Yoruba: Ọ̀ṣọ́ọ̀sì, Portuguese: Oxóssi, is an Orisha of the Yoruba religion in West Africa and subsequently in Brazil.[1][2][3]


Oxóssi is the spirit associated with the hunt, forests, animals, and wealth.[2][4] He is spirit of meals, because it is he who provides food. He is associated with lightness, astuteness, wisdom, and craftiness in the hunt. He is the orixa of contemplation, loving the arts and beautiful things. He hunts with a bow and arrow (called an ofá), hunting for good influences and positive energies. Animals sacrificed to him in Oxóssi rituals are goat, cooked pig, and guinea fowl. The salutation of Oxóssi in the Candomblé tradition is "Okê, arô".[3]


  • Consecrated day: Thursday
  • Color: blue in the Ketu nation, otherwise green
  • Ritual garment: blue
  • Sacred food: axoxô (maize cooked with coconut), black beans, yams, roasted cowpeas (of the subspecies Vigna sinensis)[3]
  • Necklace: blue beads
  • Archetype: power, domain
  • Symbols: bow and arrow[2][3]

Oxossí is syncretized with Saint Sebastian in the Rio de Janeiro region, the patron saint of the city. He is associated with Saint George in the Bahia region.[2]

Other Languages
brezhoneg: Oxóssi
čeština: Ochosi
Deutsch: Ochosi
español: Oshosi
français: Oshossi
italiano: Ochosi
português: Oxóssi