Olokun/Olokun and Yemonja/Yemayá

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI:
Olokun/Olokun and Yemonja/Yemayá

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This chapter discusses the two Gods of the Sea, Olokun and Yemonja. Yemonja is the goddess of water, wetlands, and the river Ogun, but in Cuba she is called Yemayá and is associated with the Virgin de Regla. Nevertheless, she is still believed to be a powerful deity. In Africa and Cuba, Olokun is believed to rule the waters of the ocean and he previously demanded human sacrifices.

Keywords: Gods of the Sea; Olokun; Yemonja; Yemayá; Virgin de Regla; human sacrifices; Africa; Cuba

Chapter.  2696 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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