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.
The London Lucumi Choir sing for Oshun
Lead by Daniela de Armas, an Olo Oshun and friend of my Godmother’s, the London Lucumi Choir sing traditional Lucumi songs with bata accompaniment in London, England. Though the choir is lead by a Santera, it is open to the public to join. They really sound wonderful!
Yemaya Okute by Maria Alemanno
Yemaya Okute (or Yemoja Ogunte) is a young, warrior Yemaya. She is the wife of Ogun and lives half the year in the ocean and half the year in the woods. The machete is her tool.