How To Create A Yemaya Shrine

Yemaya altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Orisha Yemaya is saluted on September 7th. She is associated with motherhood and divine protection. In my experience many are able to connect with her through her maternal ashe, or divine energy. [Read more...]

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Orisha Artist Spotlight on Patricia Grannum

Oshun painting by Patricia Grannum, all rights reserved.

.I started doing these pieces because I knew so little about the Orisha spiritual practice, even though I live in Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean nation where the religion has a relatively strong presence. It’s one of the few remnants of African spiritual practice that remains in Trinidad . [Read more...]

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The Rite to Yemaya- Some Thoughts on Appropriation

Yemaya offering photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

I guess some people are wondering what is the problem. The problems center around the fact that these are ancient Orisha (goddesses,) embodying the primal forces of the Universe. Their very names are an invocation and an invitation, and people clearly don’t know what they are getting into. [Read more...]

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Oh My Yemaya- Goddess of the Ocean

Yemaya photo by Neftali courtesy of Shutterstock.

Yemaya is an Orisha, a mother goddess, a goddess of the sea. For many she is also a goddess of the moon. [Read more...]

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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 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. [Read more...]

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Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

New Year’s is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for pilgrimages and journeys to the sea to honor this Orixa or goddess.The immense celebrations that occur here are truly a sight to behold. People craft elaborate rafts and small boats on which they float their lavish offerings out to the sea. [Read more...]

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