YEMOJA / MOREMI FESTIVAL 2018.
Iya Ni Wura (Mother is gold)
AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!! AKIYESI!!!
Join The Kingdom of Oyotunji Village June 23- June 25, 2018 as we celebrate and venerate the primordial feminine energy!
Yemoja is the Yoruba Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, considered the Mother of All. She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish”.
Join us in honoring the Yoruba deity and great mother Yemoja and heroine Moremi Ajasoro, June 23-June 25, 2017. Admission to Yemoja Festival is $15. See below to process online payment.
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As all life is thought to have begun in the Sea, all life is held to have begun with Yemoja. 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 easily lose Her temper, but when angered She can be quite destructive and violent, as the Sea in a storm.
Yemoja on je oti pagogo oju akagba_
Yemoja, saltwater deity, is personalized as woman ebony of color with full large breasts who nurtures the world. From myths, her early incarnation on earth was that of passive energy in the creation process. She evolved into the strong, dominant earth mother after experiencing trials of disrespect and at times violence. According to a patiki, Yemoja’s response to a repugnant act that occurred against her was to plunge from a hill to the earth. This act caused her stomach to burst open from which sprang the sixteen orisas and the first human man and woman. The fluids that came forth from her produced the rivers, lakes and seas. Yemonja teaches us to persevere despite what life brings us.
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About Moremi Ajasoro
Moremi Ajasoro, Princess of the Yoruba, was a figure of high significance in the history of the Yoruba peoples of West Africa. She was a member-by-marriage of the royal family of Emperor Oduduwa, the tribe's fabled founding father.
The Olori Moremi hailed from Ile Ife, a kingdom that is said to have been at war with an adjoining tribe who were known to them as the Forest people (Ìgbò in the Yoruba language, though the said tribe is believed by scholars to have had no relation to the contemporary Ìgbòs of modern Nigeria). Scores of Ife citizens were being enslaved by these people, and because of this they were generally regarded with disdain by the Yoruba city-states.
Moremi was a very brave and beautiful woman who, in order to deal with the problem facing her people, offered anything she had to give in sacrifice to the Spirit of the river Esimirin so that she could discover the strength of her nation's enemies.
In a manner that has certain parallels with the biblical stories of Moses, Miriam and Esther, she is then said to have been taken as a slave by the Igbo and, due to her beauty, married their ruler as his anointed queen. After familiarising herself with the secrets of her new husband's army, she escaped to Ile-Ife and revealed this to the Yorubas who were able to subsequently defeat them in battle.
Following the war she returned to her first husband, King Oramiyan of Ife (and later Oyo), who immediately had her re-instated as his Princess Consort. In order to fulfil the pledge she made to Esimirin before embarking on her mission, her son Olurogbo was given in sacrifice to the Spirit because this is what it asked her for when she returned to its shrine.
The Edi Festival is said to have then been started as a means of celebrating the sacrifice the princess made for the people of Yorubaland. Furthermore, a number of public places are named after her in contemporary Nigeria, such as the female residence halls at the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University.
The Odun Yemoja 2017 Festival, from June 23- June 24, 2017 at 56 Bryant Lane, Seabrook, SC, 29940. Admission to this year’s festival is $15/festival-adults (early-bird online rate) and $20/festival-adults (gate-rate); donations are welcome for Friday. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
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