The Children of Osun

In the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, Osun was the second and most beautiful of the three wives of Shango, the god of thunder. Named after the spirit of the river, Osun was honored for her works with healing water on barren women. Behind the Oba's palace in Oshogbo, (where the spirit of Osun resides,) the River meanders into a secluded grove called a shrine by the local people. Once a year, during the Osun Festival, the grass is cut in the grove and the barren women, as part of a religious ceremony, gather together in the healing waters. Osun brings joy in the way of pregnancy to barrem women who bathe in her waters and who pray to her for the blessings of a child. During the ceremony, the Atoago and the Chief Priestess make sacrafices to Osun for her blessings.


The artist, Camellia Blackwell, created these portraits of the children of printmaker Rufus Ogundele. He taught Camellia printmaking techniques in the studio of his home in Oshogbo, Nigeria. The printmaking transfer technique that she used to produce thse images is called "Drawing-from-the back." With this transfer technique, mixed media was added to embellish and complete these colorful, warm images.

Assorted package of nine cards. Three cards of each child are enclosed: Femi, Yemi, and Titilola. Cards are $3.00 each, or $12.75 per package.