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Y is for Yemaya – Yoruba Goddess of all Women

Yemaya, Yoruba Goddess of Women

Naturally beautiful women of the world, take heed and give thanks to Yemaya, Yoruba Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Women, Fertility and Motherhood.  This gal’s got our backs!

In Western Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil, Yoruba orishas are the deities that whirl and flow and dance like the waves and surf of the ocean, and Yemaya is the Mother of the Ocean.  In Brazil on New Year’s Eve, the locals build large altars to the Goddess Yemaya with candles and flowers and foods (similar to Mexico’s Day of the Dead altars), to be washed out on the waves of the birth of the New Year.

Yemaya is known by many names in modern and Western culture – she is the Virgin of Guadalupe who watches over Mexico and the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Yemaya gave the world a shell with which to remember her – by holding up the shell to one’s ear, you will hear the whisper of Yemaya!

Yemaya - Naturally Beautiful Woman

Like Kwan Yin (Quan Yin), Yemaya is a goddess of mercy and compassion and protector of women.  She grants women the courage and fortitude to withstand the challenges of life and to live through the pain of childbirth.  She rules with gentleness and comfort, and watches over the family and the home – as only a woman can do!  And like her sister, the Goddess of Love Oshun, she appears to us as a really naturally beautiful woman!


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