Yemaya, Orisha, Goddess, and Queen of the Sea

Yemaya, Orisha, Goddess, and Queen of the Sea

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Yemaya, Orisha, Goddess, and Queen of the Sea
by Raven Morgaine

A celebration and practical guide to the renowned and beloved goddess and orisha.

Yemaya, queen of the sea, first emerged in Yorubaland (now in modern Nigeria). A primordial deity, considered the mother of all, some perceive her to be at the root of numerous ancient goddesses, including Isis. During the Middle Passage, Yemaya accompanied her enslaved devotees to the Western Hemisphere, where her veneration took root and flourished. She is among the most beloved and prominent spirits of Candomblé, Santeria, and other African diaspora traditions.

Through her associations with the Virgin Mary, devotion to Yemaya spread throughout Latin America. Cuban immigrants brought Yemaya with them to the US, where her veneration expanded exponentially. No longer a local water spirit, she became an internationally beloved goddess whose devotees derive from numerous traditions and who worship her in her many fluid forms. Yemaya currently ranks among the most beloved goddesses worldwide.

The book features:

  • Spells and rituals associated with Yemaya appropriate for the uninitiated.
  • Instructions for building altars and shrines for Yemaya, as well as other methods for working with her, including correct, respectful ways to make appropriate offerings.
  • Recipes that will please Yemaya.
  • A detailed list of flowers, herbs, and other botanicals that radiate the power of Yemaya.

Paperback | 208 Pages | 6 x 9 x 1.46


“Raven Morgaine is a gifted storyteller and visionary in multiple disciplines. His jam-packed, beautifully illustrated book will lead you to understand, in laymen terms, anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the African orisha, Yemaya, as a non-initiate. This book is an enveloping and compelling read. It will lead you to take meaningful action, following in Morgaine’s footsteps, to immerse in Yemaya’s complex energies.” —Stephanie Rose Bird, author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones and 365 Days of Hoodoo.

Yemaya: Orisha, Goddess and Queen of the Sea is a supremely well-written, engaging, and all-encompassing account of the goddess and her many attributes and paths. It includes real life stories depicting the love that Yemaya has for humanity and the many miracles she has performed. Raven Morgaine has the grasp of Santeria, as did my Cuban elders, and his stunning artwork dedicated to Yemaya is breathtaking! Written for neophytes as well as seasoned santeros, this is a captivating tribute to Yemaya and destined to become a classic.” —Miss Aida, santera and author of Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic and Hoodoo Justice Magic.

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