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Yemoja African Goddess of the Oceans/Rivers and Protector of Pregnant Women

Posted by Reunionblackfamily. on June 16, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Yemoja created a tribe and gave birth to all the water,


Yemoja is the "Mother of the Children of Fishes." As such, she is the penultimate symbol of motherhood. Yemoja is the all encompassing mother; like the sea and Rivers, her ability to nurture is vast. Though associated with the ocean in the African Diaspora, in Yorubaland, Yemoja is the Orisa of the Ogun river. Yemoja is associated with the top layers of the ocean-Olokun is considered the deep, deep realm of the Ocean. The Ocean is the largest environment for life on the earth, therefore Yemoja is viewed as the mother who gave birth to civilization and who continues to.

Mo juba awo Yemoja.

Iwo ni Ayaba Iya.

Iwo ni Iya Orisha.

Iwo ni Inu Iye Odidi.

Iwo ni Ifihan Ti Abo Ase.

Iwo ni Inu Aiye.

Iwo ni Orisha Obinrin Okun Nla ati Odo.

Iwo ni Oluwa Awo Ti Abo Ipilese.

 

I humble myself before the mystery of Yemoja.

You are the Queen of Mothers.

You are the Mother of the Orisha.

You are the Womb of all Life.

You are the Feminine Manifestation of the Ase.

You are the Womb of the World.

You are the Goddess of the Oceans and Rivers.

You are the Owner of the Mystery of the Feminine Principle.

 

Yemonja (Yemoja) represents the maternal aspect of divinity. Originally river deity, Yemonja became associated with the seas. Her name, Iyemoja, means “our mother whose children are as numerous as there are fish”.

 

Yemonja, saltwater deity, is personalized as woman ebony of color with full large breasts who nurtures the world. From myths, her early incarnation on earth was that of passive energy in the creation process. She evolved into the strong, dominant earth mother after experiencing trials of disrespect and at times violence. According to a patiki, Yemonja’s response to a repugnant act that occurred against her was to plunge from a hill to the earth. This act caused her stomach to burst open from which sprang the sixteen orisas and the first human man and woman. The fluids that came forth from her produced the rivers, lakes and seas. Yemonja teaches us to persevere despite what life brings us.

 

Though many associate coquetry and sensuality with Oshun, these attributes truly belong to Yemonja. She is the sensuality of woman; her broad hips celebrating the ase to bring forth life. The turbulence of the sea an artistic portrayal of the hormonal changes that may contribute to mood swings in a woman. Once love has grown cold for her, she sends her lover away while she remains firmly rooted on her throne.

 

Each year we celebrate the strength, mystery, support and love of our ethereal mother. Since we live in the Midwest, the weather only permits us to commune with her at the waterfront during the warmer months. However, she is honored at various times of the year throughout the world. Through Cuba, her sacred day is September 8.

Goddess of the Ocean/Rivers and the patron diety of pregnant women. She is honored not only in Africa but in Brazil. She is the creator goddess of the Yoruba tribe. This goddess went with the members of the Yoruba tribe when they were captured and taken to various areas in the world as slaves. She then became very well known and given different names. This is why she is honored in Brazil and also how she is associated with Virgin Mary.

 

Her followers all wear necklaces of seven blue beads and seven clear crystals alternating. Yemoja gave birth to all the waters and is known as the “mama watta”. Her name is a contraction of Yoruba words,”Yeye emo eja” which means “Mother whose children are like fishes.” Her parents are Oduduwa and Obatala. She married Agayu and they had one son, Orungan, and fifteen Orishas.

 

She is different then most goddesses because she is, in fact, a mermaid. Her symbols are seashells, coral, a gourd rattle, an anchor, a key, and turquoise. In the Umbanda religion, they worship her as one of the seven orixas of the African pantheon. She is known to them as the Queen of the Ocean. Yemoja is the patron of women, particularly pregant women; fishermen; and sunken ship survivors.

 

Yemoja created a tribe and gave birth to all the water, salt and fresh, so she became a goddess. Call upon her when you want to connect to your inner child. She can help you imagine that you too are a mermaid and can have fun. She can show you that having fun is important in life just as it is for working...

After fabricated ship yard sacrifice must made to Yemoja for it savety in the Ocean..

Iba Yeye Moja.


Categories: Religions, Africa, World

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2 Comments

Reply apata omotola
1:49 PM on June 3, 2014 
am true a fance of yoruba culture please can i know if yemoja spirit still exist?
Reply Sonia
12:06 PM on December 31, 2012 
congratulations for the beautiful job. Keep it up!
Sonia