Yemaya is the Orisha
of the oceans and seas.
African slaves were brought on ships
across the ocean to the New World.
They gave thanks to Yemaya
for making the crossing alive.
Wemba pays tribute to Yemaya in a performance
called, "The Middle Passage".
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Denise in Yemaya costume
in the style worn in Brazil
Like the ocean Yemaya can be calm or turbulent.
The oceans gave birth to life as we know it,
and Yemaya is called, "The Mother of the Orishas".
A wooden statue of Yemaya
encrusted with seashells
Meaning of her Yoruba name:
"Yeye mo oja" Mother of the Children of Fishes
Her Spiritual Principle:
motherhood, the birth of life on earth
Element - ocean/salt water
(For the Yoruba - the Ogun River)
Colors - blue and white, blue and crystal
Feast Day - September 7th
Day of the week - Saturday
Her Number - 7
Her animals are: ducks, sea birds, & goats,
Her foods are: watermelon, molasses,
black eyed-peas and fried pork rinds
Emblems - fan, sea-shells, and her ornaments
are made of silver.
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