Yemaya



Yemayá is the mother of all living things, the Queen of heaven, earth and all waters. She resides in the ocean and her children are countless like the fishes in the sea. Yemayá is the mother of many of the other Orishas as well. In addition to being a loving mother she is a fierce protectress. She can fight with a machete or a scimitar and bathe in the blood of her enemies. Yemayá is often depicted as a voluptuous black woman with full breasts dressed in blue. Yemaya lives and rules over the seas and lakes. She also rules over maternity in our lives as she is the Mother Of All. Her name, a shortened version of Yeyé Omo Eja means "Mother Whose Children are the Fish" to reject the fact that her children are uncountable. All life started in the sea, the amniotic fluid inside the mother's womb is a form of sea where the embryo must transform and evolve through the form of a fish before becoming a human baby. In his way, Yemayá displays herself as truly mother of all. She partakes of Olokin's abundance as the source of all riches which she freely gives to her little sister Osún. She dresses herself and seven skirts of blue and white and like the seas and profound lakes she is deep and unknowable. In her path of Okutti she is the Queen of witches carrying within her deep and dark secrets. She is most represented often by the fish who are her children. Names: Yemayá, Yemoja A.K.A: Our Lady of Regla Colors: Blue and Clear ( and white) Numbers: 7 (seven for the seven seas) Prayer: Iyá eyá ayaba Olin omá iré gbogbo swank Iyá

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