yemaya, yemoja, t-shirt, orisha image

In Cuban Lukumí-tradition Yemaya has several sacred tools in her vessel. They are made of lead, which is not affected by salt water, or sometimes also other silverish cool metals. All these tools link her to the sea and to the Orisha Olokun, often represented by a mermaid-like figure. Yemaya literally means "mother of the children of the fish", or in Yoruba "yeye omo eja", short "yemoja". Originally a Yoruba river-deity in the Cuban and Brazilian diaspora she became responsible for the sea and saltwater. This image is for the Oni-Yemaya out there!

 

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