Yewa crown by Beth Pert Weekes.
This crown gorgeously incorporates a mixture of Brazilian Candomblé, Cuban Lukumí (Santería), and traditional Yoruba crown styles. Yewa is the Orisha who lives in the grave. She is the Orisha of virginity, and is very austere. It is strictly taboo to swear in her presence, and men are not supposed to cook for her. Ideally, the people who serve her are virgin women and post-menopausal women. Along with Oya and Oba, she is one of the rulers of the cemetery. She lives in the grave because Shango tried to have sex with her, and she ran away, only finding refuge in the grave which is the one place Shango will not go.
The artist Beth Pert Weekes recently made a crown for my Yemoja Ogunte, which is stunningly beautiful.
Very proud to be part of the Pimientas (Ataré) rama! Aurora Lamar Obá Tolá (iba’ye) is such a hero to me!
My twin Omiala and I (Odofemi) at the guiro today! I had such a beautiful and intense time dancing for the Orishas today! So thankful for my twin every day. He’s so wonderful. <3<3<3<3<3
I’m really sad that I have to go back to Toronto. Every time I’m out here, it’s clear to me that I need to be around the Orishas more. I need to be working Ochas, and going to drums, and listening to itas, and doing misas. I need the Orishas. I need my Godfamily.
David H. Brown writing on the ethnic and racial makeup of the highly influential Cabildo Africano Lucumí’s membership in 1900, in his book Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion (2003), pg. 71.
I find this particularly interesting given that almost every single rama in Santeria is descended from the Cabildo Africano Lucumí.