Beaded Egungun Ensemble, Yoruba people.
“Grandfather used to call the rain 'the erotic ritual between heaven and Earth.' The rain represented the seeds sown in the Earth’s womb by heaven, her roaring husband, to further life. Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale. All of nature became involved. Clouds, heaven’s body, were titillated by the storm. In turn, heaven caressed the Earth with heavy winds, which rushed toward their erotic climax, the tornado. The grasses that pop out of the Earth’s warm center shortly after the rain are called the numberless children of Earth who will serve humankind’s need for nourishment. The rainy season is the season of life. Yes, it had rained the night before.”


“Grandfather used to call the rain ‘the erotic ritual between heaven and Earth.’ The rain represented the seeds sown in the Earth’s womb by heaven, her roaring husband, to further life. Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale. All of nature became involved….



The African Burial Ground monument is an important reminder that slave-owning was robust in New York. Read more about the African Burial Ground here. The heart-shaped image is a variant of sankofa, an Akan adinkra symbol meaning return to your roots.

Yemaya Ashaba is wise and willfull, but at many points dangerous. She is a great lady and haughty, wearing a silver ankle chain. Yemaya Ashaba or Ayaba was the wife of Orunmila and was a great diviner, which at the end brought many conflicts to their relationship. Her bindings never weaken and her gaze is irresistible. Her Eleke is made with transparent and pale blue beads.
She is born in the Odu Osa Melli. Coming from the heaven or Ara Onu. In Osa Melli is where the true crown of Yemaya is born and her representation us ab anchor. Her name is “one that seeks refuge in the anchors”.
Yemaya Ashaba is the smallest of the Yemaya but the most respected. She is the revealer of the unknown and resolves the impossible. Her colors are blue and black. Over her sopera a coiled string. Apart from the original tools, 7 hooks, a siren of silver, 3 porcelain dolls, an arrow from Ochosi silver, 7 machetes of silver, a sword and 7 crystal marbles. The Araras call her Itawollo.

Ibadan Market.

An unidentified Yoruba ruler with his people in 1898.

Jekua Jey , Yanzá, su bendición!.
Oyá I ask for your protection and blessing Iyami, I thank you for the many blessings you have gave me mama I love you and everyday I say:

Yoruba’s Account of Creation

Oduduwa the legendary progenitor of the Yoruba was sent on a mission by Olodumare (God) together with his elder brother Obatala to create the earth. They were given a chain, a handful of mud, a five toed fowl and a guidance note.

On their way though, they found palmwine somewhere by the way, Obatala drank himself into a stupor, Oduduwa picked the items and continued the journey leaving his brother behind.

He got to the point of commencing, he was a little bit timid but a chameleon encouraged him, the Chameleon made him to understand that there was no going back. Oduduwa lowered the chain from heaven till it reached the earth which was primeval ocean. He threw the mud across the earth and lowered the fowl unto it to help disperse it all across. Oduduwa stepped on earth (the first person on earth), he planted a nut and thereafter, a mighty tree with sixteen branches appeared to represent the Yoruba clans and early life at Ile-Ife.

This opportunistic creation by Oduduwa led to an unending conflict between both brothers. After successful creation of the world, Oduduwa became the first supreme king of Yoruba, and Obatala was said to have created the first humans out of mud and clay. 

This story is very much adhered to by followers of the Yoruba religion, they do not only believe that Ile-Ife was the origin of the Yoruba but that of the world in general.

We are proud of Oduduwa


Who is Oggun?
Oggun is an Osha of the group of Orisha Oddé, this group is conformed by Eleguá, Oggún, Oshosi and Osun. He is one of the first Orishas and Oshas that any individual receives. He is the strength; he also represents the work and the rough and initial force, the force that locks up the box of the human body, the thorax, where they are all the vital organs. In the nature he is symbolized by the iron, all the metals and the virility in the human being. He owns the chains. He is a decisive Osha in the ceremony of confirmation of the Oloshas (Pinaldo) and in the Awó ni Orunmila (Kuanaldo). He is the one that has the right to sacrifice, since the knife belongs to him, the object with which the sacrifice is made generally.He is crowned on his children’s head. He owns the forrests along with Oshosi and the paths along with Elegua. The metals belong to him, is patron of the blacksmiths, of the wars, watcher of the human beings. His name comes from the Yoruba Òggún (war). He is from Ileshá and was king of Iré. His colors are mulberry or green and black. His elekes (necklaces) are made alternating green and black beads.His number is 3 and its multiples. His day of the week is Tuesday and days 4 of every month. Compared with St. Peter (29 of June).He is greeted Oke Oggun! Oggun Kobú Kobú, Aguanilé!

Cotton Ashoke cloth ~ Yoruba

The children of Yemaya tend to be strict, authoritarian, arrogant, lovers of luxury and jewelry, preferably blue precious stones, pearls and corals. They have much spirit of self-improvement, they are constant and determined fighters. Never lose dignity against the ups and downs them reported life, they are intelligent, persuasive and highly skilled. The children of Yemaya tend to be very good parents, educating with love, dialogue, righteousness and respect.
Maferefun Yemaya todos los dias!