YEMONJA is the Yorùbá Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, considered the mother of all. She is the source of all the waters, including western Africa’s rivers, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish.”
She is motherly and strongly protective and cares deeply for all Her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent Her wealth. She does not quickly lose Her temper, but she can be quite destructive and violent when angered, as the sea in a storm.
YEMONJA colors are blue and white, and She is said to wear a dress with seven skirts representing the seven seas.
Alternate spellings: Yemanja, Yemojá, Yemonja, Yemalla, Yemana, Ymoja, Iamanje, Iemonja, Imanje.