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Offering to Oxum: see how to please her and tips to make your own!

Delicious and beautiful dishes and sympathies can be offered to Oxum in order to attract prosperity, money, a new job or love in your life. Items can range from small fruits to flowers and coins. Some of the offerings listed in this article are free of animal ingredients.

Oxum is the Orisha who reigns over fresh waters and waterfalls, being the goddess of love, fertility, prosperity, material and spiritual wealth and beauty. In addition, she owns gold and precious stones, being worshiped in Umbanda and also in Candomblé.

Offerings made with fruits and flowers are usually delivered near springs and waterfalls, without polluting the forest and waters. Its candles are blue, in Umbanda, and yellow, in Candomblé. Read this article to learn more about Oxum and learn how to make some offerings to this Orisha.

In addition to representing beauty, it also symbolizes joviality and fullness in love, so it’s common to see people making requests for the love area. Continue reading to find out the story of Oxum, her characteristics, what her children are like, how to please her and more.


In one of the stories, Oxum is the daughter of Oxalá and considered the second wife of Xangô, being very curious, loved and the most beautiful of the daughters. Her father consulted Orunmila, the lord of divination for the progression of destiny, Oxum accompanied him until he wanted to learn how to read cowries.

However, Orunmila, or Ifá, asked Oxum to ask Exu any doubts he had, as he had the gift of seeing destiny through that oracle. When asking permission from Oxalá, his father, to learn to read the future, he replied that only Ifá has the gift of interpreting the cowries.

Disappointed with her father’s response, she went to Exu to ask him to teach her how to read this oracle, since she was aware of Orunmila’s secret. However, she was disappointed again, as Exu also refused the request. Oxum had to think of something else she could do to get what she wanted.

He decided to go to the forest to ask the witches Yámi Oroxongá to teach him how to read cowrie shells, but he had no idea that these witches wanted to catch Exu through deceit. They took the opportunity to influence Oxum to do what they planned.

This Iabá learned a spell from the Yámi and asked to offer them an offering whenever the spell was performed. When she got to Exu, she asked him to guess what he had in his hands. Upon approaching, Oxum blew a bright powder in his face, leaving him blind.

Exu’s false preoccupation with the buzios made him ask the Orisha for help, answering his questions to compose the game. Upon returning to the kingdom, Oxum told everything he did and that it was for love. Ifá was amazed and presented her with a set of shells.


Oxum is represented by a black, young, beautiful woman with medium-length, dark curly hair. In some images, she is portrayed with a huge pregnant belly and, in other illustrations, she is characterized with an ade (crown) covering her face and no hair.

In the illustrations, she is usually wearing a strapless gold dress that may or may not have a large yellow bow on the chest and gold accessories on the arms. She is always holding a golden mirror, which serves to give back whatever she receives in proportion, and she has a string of pearls around her neck.


Oxum is Xangô’s second wife. Her relationship with Obá, one of the three wives, was one of rivalry, making the warrior and passionate Orisha cut her own ear and delivering it inside the amalah as devotion to her husband in an attempt to receive his attention and affection. In the end, everything went wrong, creating a great disagreement between the two, arousing the ire of the husband and the two being expelled from his kingdom.

In addition to being the daughter of Oxalá, in many stories, she is the daughter of Yemanja. However, in other legends, she is characterized as the sister of this Iabá. According to one of these legends, Oxum had lost his kingdom, his wealth and beauty, crying on the banks of a river, which reached the bottom of the sea.

Realizing that the tears were from the sweet Oxum, Iemanjá helped her to get back on her feet. She cut off part of her enormous hair so that Iabá could use it as a wig until her hair grew back, she gave her the corals of the sea and made her the owner of all the gold on Earth. Since then, one can take care of the other’s children in addition to her own.


In Brazil, whether in Afro-Brazilian religions or in Catholicism, Oxum is syncretized with several Nossa Senhoras. For example, in Bahia, it is called Nossa Senhora das Candeias or Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, while in the rest of the Northeast it is known as Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

In the North region of the country, this Orixá is syncretized as Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, while in the South region, it is known as Nossa Senhora da Conceição. In the Midwest and Southeast regions, it is called just as Nossa Senhora or Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida. Most people have probably heard of one of these listed in their lifetime.


Oxum’s children care about the opinion of others, like to please people and are diplomats, solving disagreements and problems calmly and seriously. They are also honest people, very affectionate, dedicated, vain, sweet, emotional and focused.

When the children of this Orisha decide they want to achieve a goal, they create plans and paths to follow until they achieve it. In addition to being maternal, they are very sensitive and emotional, avoid unnecessary fights, take very good care of the loved one and when they are hurt, there is hardly any forgiveness.

With regard to physical characteristics, they tend to gain weight more easily, are vain, seductive and give great value to material pleasures and food. Their sex life is active and intense, they are always dating and struggle to conquer the person they truly fall in love with.


Prayers are one of the most important parts of worshiping an Orixá, which can be to call the entity in the terreiro, say hello, thank you, communicate with the Orixás, attract higher energies or ask for protection, love and prosperity. The following prayer is to ask Oxum for protection and prosperity.

“Hail Oxum, golden lady with golden skin, blessed are your waters that wash my being and deliver me from evil. Oxum, divine queen, beautiful orixá, come to me, walking in the full moon, bringing in your hands the lilies of the love of peace. She makes me sweet, smooth and seductive as you are.

Oh! Mama Oxum, protect me, make love constant in my life, and that I can love all of Olorum’s creation. Protect me from all mandingas and sorcery. Give me the nectar of your sweetness and may I get everything I want: the serenity to act in a conscious and balanced way.

May I be like your fresh waters that follow trailblazers in the course of rivers, cutting stones and rushing waterfalls, without stopping or turning back, just following my path. Purify my soul and body with your tears of breath. Flood me with your beauty, your kindness and your love, filling my life with prosperity. Hail Oxum!


The main leaves and herbs of Oxum that are used in their rituals, parties and requests to bring their energy are rosemary, lavender, alamanda, yellow acacia, water hyacinth, chamomile, calendula, cambará, cologne, the herb-of-Santa-Maria, the herb-of-santa-luzia and the lemongrass.

In addition to these plants, there are also fava-pichuri, flamboiant, orange blossom, yellow ipe, jambuaçu, macela, picão, yellow rose, oriri-de-Oxum and button broom. Each leaf and each herb has its respective properties that are used for certain goals such as prosperity, love, unloading, among others.


To please Oxum, food such as fruits and sweets are usually offered, whether or not to put some object together. This type of offering is made to ask for something in life such as prosperity, money, love, protection, health, blessings or as a thank you for something you wanted to have come true.

The fruits used to please Oxum are: avocado, banana, soursop, lime orange, green apple, melon, pear, peach and grape. As for the flowers, those that please this Orisha and are used as offerings are: sunflower, yellow rose and lilies. Other foods to please her are: quindim, honey, coconut water, sugar and lavender.

All offerings must be accompanied by white, yellow and blue candles, which are their respective colors. Another way to please this Orisha is to use essence of roses, in addition to champagne or cherry liqueur. These items are of great appreciation to Oxum and all offerings must be placed near a waterfall or river.


Some tips for the offering are to use golden coins in the offerings that need this object, in addition to placing the food and other ingredients in dishes or containers that are also golden, if necessary, since Oxum is the lady of gold and all her clothes and adornments. they are also the color of that precious metal.

Some offerings must be delivered on the edge of a river or waterfall, so that there is a fluidity of prosperity energies in the person’s life. Ideally, the offering should be delivered to nature, where the Orishas live. If you do not have easy access to these places, do not hesitate to seek guidance from a pai or madre de santo.

Be careful when placing the offering in the woods near a waterfall, make sure the candles are well positioned and firm so that there is no accident and cause a fire. Some people indicate blowing out the candles after making the request or thanks, as nature is a sacred asset.

This offering is made to receive Oxum’s energies, both for fertility and for love or prosperity. To find out how to make it, the ingredients and the ideal time to prepare it, read the topics below.


This offering can be made when the person wants to ask or thank Oxum for something. After 12 or 24 hours have passed since the food was ready, this dish must be delivered to a forest, positioned near a waterfall, river or stream. The right day to prepare this food should be checked with the father or mother of saint of the terreiro.


The ingredients needed to prepare Omolokum (the food offered to Oshun) are:

– 500 g of black-eyed beans;
– 200 g shellless shrimp;
– 5 eggs;
– 1 onion;
– Smoked shrimp powder;
– Palm oil.


Start by cooking the black-eyed peas until they are very soft,…

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