In Yoruba mythology
is an Orisha
and goddess of love, maternity and marriage
. She had to become a prostitute
to feed her children and the other Orishas removed her children from her home. Ochun went insane
from grief and wore the same white
dress every day; it eventually turned yellow
. Aje'-Shaluga, another Orisha, fell in love with her while she was washing her dress. He gave her money and gems which he collected from the bottom of the river
he lived in. They were married and she was reunited with her children.
She is associated with the color yellow and the metals gold and copper.