Oh My Yemaya- Goddess of the Ocean

Yemaya photo by Neftali courtesy of Shutterstock.

“ they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you." Legend has it that when slaves were taken from their homelands in Africa and forcibly placed on ships, they believed that the ocean would swallow them up, and they prayed to Yemaya to save their lives. When they finally reached land they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you.Yemaya is an Orisha, a mother goddess, a goddess of the sea. For many she is also a goddess of the moon. She is worshiped in the r … [Read more...]

The Game of the Warrior Goddesses of Voodoo and Santeria

Santeria Catholics, Havana, Cuba photo by Bruce Tuten. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Life is a game, you can buy it at the toy store. (No, I'm only kidding!) But sometimes life is a series of clues, stories and signs to be interpreted and nurtured. Goddesses can help us do that. They can help us roll the dice and move forward in the right direction. In the Afro-Diasporan traditions of Vodou, Voodoo, and Santeria (La Regla Lucumi,) there is an entire legion of goddesses, or divine energies called Loa or Orisha, that have their own strong and intense feminine power. In many … [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

 New Year's Eve is a time for parties in this world and the next. In Santeria (Lukumi) the goddess Yemaya is often honored on September 7, the feast for Our Lady of Regla. In Bahia she is known as Iemanja, honored on August 15 or February 2, and is frequently associated with Nossa Senhora da Gloria. While in Rio de Janeiro she shines her radiant beauty on New Years Eve. New Year's is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for p … [Read more...]


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