Goddess of: the ocean, motherhood and protection of children
Name means: “Mother whose children are like fish”
Also Known as: Mama Watta (Mother of Water), Mother of Pearls, Mother Ocean, Stella Maris (Star of the Sea)
Representations: change and consistency, the ocean, the moon, motherly love,
Yemaya was a river goddess in Nigeria, and when her people were taken aboard slave ships and sent to America, she went with them- it was then that she became the Goddess of the Ocean. She is considered the mother to all things, and as such was able to cure women of infertility.
After leaving Africa, she became known and worshiped in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Central America, South America and North America- so great was the love for Yemaya.