Photo: Yemanja, Ocean Goddess and Eternal Mermaid, now closely linked with Brazil. She is a West African creator goddess who gave birth to the waters and allowed all life to burst forth. Beautiful painting by KarisMa.
Yemanja is an orisha, originally of the Yoruba religion, who has become prominent in many Afro-American religions. Yoruba people, from what is now called Yorubaland, brought Yemaya/Yemoja and a host of other deities/energy forces in nature with them when they were brought to the shores of the Americas as captives. She is the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a fierce protector of children.