Starbucks and Yemaya (The Goddess of the Ocean)

Did you know?

Yemaya is an Orisha – said to be a Goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that was brought by the enslaved Africans of what is now Nigeria to the west.  She is the patron of women, in particular, pregnant women.  When slaves were transported across the ocean, it was said to be Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe.  She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands.  She is said to be the “mother whose children number as the fish in the sea” and that is why she is presented as a two-tailed mermaid.

Yemaya is said to bring forth and protect life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.  She’s been commodified by Starbucks.



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