This is a beautiful Yemanja - Yemaya - Yemoja sea goddess orisha resin statue. 9 inches tall.
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Yemanja is a sea goddess worshipped in Afro-Caribbean traditions, particularly in Brazil, where she is revered as the patron saint of the sea. She is also known as Yemaya, Iemanja, and Yemoja, and is often depicted as a mermaid or a woman with long, flowing hair and a crown of shells.
According to legend, Yemanja was once a mortal woman who was transformed into a goddess by the gods of the sea. She is revered as the mother of all living things and is associated with fertility, childbirth, and the protection of women and children. She is also associated with the moon and is said to be able to control the tides and the weather.
In Afro-Caribbean traditions, Yemanja is often invoked in times of crisis or danger and is believed to be able to protect and guide those who call upon her. She is also revered as a guardian of sailors and fishermen, and is often invoked for protection when people are out at sea.
Yemanja is a popular figure in Afro-Caribbean traditions and is celebrated in many festivals and rituals, particularly in Brazil. She is often depicted in art and is featured in many songs and stories. Her cult is particularly popular among Afro-Brazilian women, who often turn to her for guidance and protection.
Yemanjá (Yoruba: Yemọja; there are many different transliterations in other languages) is a major water spirit from the Yoruba religion. She is the mother of all Orishas. She is an orisha, in this case patron spirit of rivers, particularly the Ogun River in Nigeria; and oceans in Cuban and Brazilian orisa religions. She is often syncretized with either Our Lady of Regla in the Afro-Cuban diaspora or various other Virgin Mary figures of the Catholic Church, a practice that emerged during the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Yemanjá is said to be motherly and strongly protective, and to care deeply for all her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth. She does not easily lose her temper, but when angered she can be quite destructive and violent, as the flood waters of turbulent rivers.
Yemanjá is often depicted as a mermaid, and is associated with the moon (in some diaspora communities), water, and feminine mysteries. She is the protector of women. She governs everything pertaining to women; parenting, child safety, love, and healing. According to myth, when her waters broke, it caused a great flood creating rivers and streams and the first mortal humans were created from her womb.