Alters and Oblations
The Osun-Osogbo groove, along the banks of the Osun river just outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State Nigeria, is several centuries old. The Osun-Osogbo Grove is among the last of the sacred forests which usually adjoined the edges of most Yoruba cities before extensive urbanization. The festival is an occasion of public manifestation of joy. It can take the form of the form of religious celebration during which sacrifices are offered to the different gods having power over rain, sunshine, marriage, thunder, and good harvest.Asides the festival, individuals also go there to seek personal solutions to various issues. The groove houses a lot of ethnographic objects which are sacred for worship. There is a place for alters and oblations which are signified through these images. The calabashes and clay pots found all over the groove are symbolic elements for sacrifices and a connection between the physical and the spiritual. There is an interplay between art, cultural aesthetics, and religious beliefs in these images.