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.

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Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

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DATA

Region
Africa
Country
Nigeria 
Category
Cultural
Name
Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(vi)
Year of Registered
2005
Keyword
Registered in 2005, Sacred Place