Yoruba Orishas: Oxossi
Oxossi (also called Oshosi, Ochosi, Ososi, Oxosi or Osawi) is one of the three warrior orishas (the others being Elegguá and Ogún) referred to as the “Ebora”. Oxossi, Elegguá and Ogún often work together to aid in a person’s spiritual development: Elegguá opens the path, Ogún clears the way, and Oxossi helps in the attainment of the goal, as effortlessly as possible – much like the straight shot of his arrow.
He is a god of the hunt and the forest, and is often a solitary figure of the wilderness, which lends well to his image as a shaman. He has been connected with hunter communities, thus making him an ally of the caboclos and the nature spirits of the Brazilian forests. He is also associated with abundance – of food and energy. In Brazilian Candomblé, he is extremely important with his connection to the Amazon rainforest, more so than in Cuban Santeria and Haitian Voudoun. In fact, during the period in which the majority of the orisha venerators in Latin America were slaves to Catholic Europeans, Oshosi came to be identified with Saint Sebastian in the Rio de Janeiro area of Brazil.
As the patron of justice and the hunt, he is a master of air attacks and is often prayed to when devotees are seeking swift justice from above. Devotees also defer to him when in search for other things, such as a job or a house. Oxossi is also the patron of animals, particularly dogs, and is often supplicated with injustice has been exacted on an animal without cause.