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Worldview, the Orichas, and SanteríaAfrica to Cuba and Beyond$
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Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030203

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030203.001.0001

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Olokun/Olokun and Yemonja/Yemayá

Olokun/Olokun and Yemonja/Yemayá

Gods of the Sea

(p.253) 17 Olokun/Olokun and Yemonja/Yemayá
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

University Press of Florida

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

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