Light-Skinned Yemaya, Yemayah or Yemanja
Light skinned Orisha Yemaya statue, Yamaja, or Yemanja: The Orisha of the Ocean and Motherhood, was brought to the New World by the peoples of Nigeria via Brazil and Cuba, where she has been venerated for centuries as Protectress during the middle passage of slavery.
She is the Ocean Goddess, bedecked with sacred cowrie shells, the ultimate manifestation of female power.
In Brazil, on new year's eve, people celebrate the Feast of Yemanja on the beach by digging trenches in the sand and filling them with candles to create sacred spaces full of peace and serenity. At midnight they launch flowers and offerings into the sea and immerse themselves in the purifying and protective foamy mantle of the waves.
Yemanja, Goddess of the Ocean and Mother of Pearls, is shown standing on the waves offering her blessings for the families praying on the shore. She is the Orisha of procreation, gestation, and the family, and holds absolute reign over the hearth fire.
Many in Brazil consider her to be the Mother of all Orishas. She is sometimes represented as a mermaid, or a white seashell. She is the Mistress of the Line of Water Vibrations.
8 inches high / 20.32 cm high
Offering pearls from the sea.
Hand painted Resin and sacred Ganges River Clay Statue, Hand made by our Artisan's cooperative in India. Please allow for slight variations.