Yemaya is the Afrocuban spelling of the Yoruba Orisa Yemoja. Goddess of the Ogun River and all waters, especially the sea, her name comes from the Yoruba “Yeye emo eja” and means: “Mother whose children are the fishes”. She represents motherhood, nurturing, healing. She is bountiful and plenteous, full of selfless generosity. Normally gentle and calm, her anger is swift and terrible like a tsunami. She is the Mother of the world and sustains all living things.
Voodoo is an animist religion that consecrates a cult to Loas (gods) and to the ancestors. Voodoo originated in Africa, specifically with the Fon, Yoruba, and Ewe tribes. Geographically, those ethnic groups can be found throughout Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. More than a religion or a cult of death, voodoo plays a major role in everyday life through the symbolization of the African traditions for the Haitian people. Read more…
Olokun is an Orisha in Yoruba religion, associated with the sea. Olokun plays a critical role in the transition of human beings and spirits between these two existences. Olokun has male or female personifications, depending on what region of West Africa He/She is worshipped. Olokun is personified in as; patience, endurance, sternness, observation, meditation, appreciation for history, future visions, and royalty. Olokun's name means Owner (Olo) of Oceans (Okun). (for Jinger ♥ )
Bastet, great cat goddess, has dominion over sex, fertility, marriage, magic, music, childbirth, prosperity, joy, dance, and healing - in short, the pleasures of life. She protects humans against infertility, dangers of childbirth, evil spirits, illness, and bodily injuries, especially those caused by venomous creatures. A tomb inscription says Bastet bestows "life, prosperity and health every day and long life and beautiful old age."