Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and Busanyin Shrine

Discover the history of the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and the Busanyin Shrine

Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove

Located in Central Nigeria, the Sacred Grove of Osun Osogbo is a forest sanctuary situated along the Osun River. This World Heritage site is home to over forty shrines and sculptures erected in honor of Osun, the goddess of fertility, and other West African deities  that are part of the Yoruba pantheon.

Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and Busanyin Shrine

What are sacred groves?

Sacred groves are patches of forests that are culturally and religiously significant to local communities. These sacred groves are often managed and protected by the community as abodes of deities.

Where can sacred groves be found?

Sacred groves were commonplace in villages within Yorubaland, a cultural region spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin in West Africa hundreds of years ago. In the time since, these spiritually significant sites were destroyed or fell into disrepair, leaving Osun Osogbo as one of the last, and most prominent, Sacred Grove.

Where can sacred groves be found?

Sacred groves were commonplace in villages within Yorubaland, a cultural region spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin in West Africa hundreds of years ago. In the time since, these spiritually significant sites were destroyed or fell into disrepair, leaving Osun Osogbo as one of the last, and most prominent, Sacred Grove.