AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

YEMAYA

African Childbirth Goddess

Also known as YEMANJA, YEMONJA, YEMAYAH, YEMOWO, YEMOJA, YEMOWO, YEMBO, IAMANJIE

The Mother of Water and Childbirth

Her stylish blue and crystal skirts billow in wave-like motions. One of the ORISHAS, she is a sensuous, slow-moving figure, just like the water she represents. Very calm and soothing for birthing situations. But she has a curious aversion to salt — so she will float over the ocean but not in it.

YEMAYA is also a Moon Goddess and the number seven has special significance for her.

We don’t like to gossip, but her husband OBATALA has a shady past — he created mankind under less than reputable circumstances. Still, that’s all water under the bridge now.

YEMAYA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : YEMAYA
Area or people : Yoruba, Nigeria
Location : Africa
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Birth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : YEMANJA, YEMONJA, YEMAYAH, YEMOWO, YEMOJA, YEMOWO, YEMBO, IAMANJIE
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Article last updated on 19 April 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Yemaya: African Goddess of Childbirth." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 19 Apr. 2013. Web. 18 September 2014.

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