Fine Art America is the world's most powerful sales and marketing tool for photographers and visual artists.
Simply open an account, upload your images, set your prices for all our available products, and you're instantly in business! FAA provides you with an e-commerce website, fulfills your orders for you, and sends you your profits each month.
Yemayá is one of the principal deities of Santería, a practice that traces its roots to the Yoruban people, brought to the island of Cuba as slaves from what is now southwestern Nigeria. The Yorubans were forbidden the practice of their religion by their Spanish masters. In order to continue their religious practices under the watchful eyes of the slave owners, the slaves opted to disguise their "orishas" (gods) within the forms of the Catholic saints revered by the Spaniards. This form of subterranean cultural resistance cleverly disguised as cultural assimilation led to the evolution of a secret, powerful, richly evocative and emotionally intense spiritual tradition. Santería has struck a deep chord of cultural and spiritual resonance more strongly than ever in Cubans, both on and off the island, and including those of African and European ancestry.
Each "orisha" within Santería is identified with natural forces and particular areas of the human experience. Yemayá's province is the ocean. She represents the mother principle, giver of life and sustenance both physical and spiritual. She is the nurturer with whose aid all things are possible and without whom there can be only death and destruction.
Because of these attributes, I have chosen to recreate her image divested of her Our Lady of Regla disguise, reincorporating more of the Yoruban-derived imagery. By doing so I have materialized for myself a more vibrant symbol in which to concentrate my deepest wishes for my country, which at this crossroad in time is in need of sustenance in many areas in order to survive unusually difficult times. Her image emphasizes the need to employ simple human compassion as a primary key to resolving ideological differences in order to arrive at viable, non-violent courses of action beneficial to all concerned. Like the Yoruban people, who brought to the new land their cherished dreams and cultural riches through their "orishas", I share in a need to maintain and nurture the essence of my heritage, within my own life as a Cuban-American, in the most eloquent language available to me.
She is the patron deity of women, especially pregnant women in Yoruban mythology.
June 25th, 2012
Viewed 340 Times - Last Visitor from Roubaix, B4 - France on 12/20/2013 at 8:51 AM