Yemanja mother of the sea – 3D print model STL

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Yemanjá, also known as Yemayá or Yemanya, is one of the most revered and powerful deities in the Yoruba religion and its diasporic traditions, including Santería, Candomblé, and Umbanda. She is the Orisha of the sea, embodying its vastness, power, and nurturing nature.

Origins and Mythology

Yemanjá’s origins can be traced back to the Yoruba people of West Africa. In Yoruba mythology, Yemanjá is the daughter of Olokun, the Orisha of the ocean depths, and Yemamu, the primordial earth goddess. She is the wife of Olodumare, the supreme creator deity, and is often depicted as a mermaid-like figure with flowing blue-green hair and a serene, maternal expression.

Symbolism and Significance

Yemanjá represents the vastness and power of the sea, symbolizing both creation and destruction. She is the source of all life, nurturing and protecting all living creatures. Her waves cleanse and purify, carrying away impurities and ushering in new beginnings.

Roles and Manifestations

Yemanjá is known for her seven distinct manifestations, each reflecting a different aspect of her nature. These include:

Yemayá Olokun: The deep sea, representing the immense power and mystery of the ocean’s depths.

Yemayá Aché: The calm and serene sea, symbolizing peace, tranquility, and abundance.

Yemayá Yemayá: The mother of all waters, embodying the nurturing and protective aspects of motherhood.

Yemayá Asesu: The stormy sea, representing chaos, transformation, and the power of change.

Yemayá Aseté: The sea as a source of divination, symbolizing knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to see into the past, present, and future.

Yemayá Ololodun: The sea as the source of all life, representing creation, fertility, and the cycle of life and death.

Yemayá Akura: The sea as a place of healing and transformation, symbolizing spiritual cleansing, rebirth, and the ability to overcome adversity.

Veneration and Offerings

Yemanjá is widely venerated throughout the Yoruba diaspora, particularly in Cuba, Brazil, and other parts of the Caribbean and Latin America. She is often honored with offerings of white flowers, blue or white candles, seashells, and other marine-related items. Devotees may also offer food, drinks, and other personal items as a way to connect with and receive blessings from the Orisha.