Anders Rising’s portrait of dancer, singer, and founding member of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, Zenaida Armenteros (b. 1931), ca. 2006: She dances forth the powerful orisha, Oyá, the feared guardian of the cemeteries, with a temperament that makes the other saints of the Yoruba religion tremble, the only one who knows how to conquer the warrior god Changó – with her sweetness.
Feast of Obatala (Yoruba, Santeria), In the religion of the Yoruba people, Obatala or Obàtálá is the creator of human bodies and the orisha of peace and justice. Celebrated with drumming, ecstatic dancing, & possession trances.
The 16 primordial odu - Of the 256 possible letters than can come in traditional Yoruba divination, these 16 are the most... archetypical. This alphabet for divination spread all over Africa and into Asia and then to Europe.
Yemaya is considered the Mother Goddess in African Belief.Her breasts are full and large from birthing so many creations. It is said that Yemaya gave birth to all the world's water. Yemaya is an orisha, originally of the Yoruba religion, who has become prominent in many Afro-American religions. Africans from what is now called Yorubaland brought Yemaya and a host of other deities/energy forces. She is the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a protector of children.