uma menina de adormecida em uma bolha rosa.
(português não é a minha primeira língua, por favor me perdoe)
Gede ceremony Nov 23
A good time was had by all at one of the last Gede parties of the November season. A small apartment in East Flatbush, Brooklyn was rocking until 7 in the morning. The end of the party saw an amazing number of Gedes appear. There must have been 10 people possessed by a Gede. Normally, Tipis Gede comes to these parties, but on this night I met a new one called Gede Reserve.
my friend at UK, Dr. Adam Banks, is hosting an highly academic forum in Chicago next spring that will focus on afrofuturism and its roll in digital communication (and vice-a-versa, i’d imagine) … he asked me to come up with a few concepts to run as promotional material for the event; this is my favorite so far, but sadly, it’s one he’s rejected so far in favor of a work still in progress. - he did say he might want to use this one for one of his own personal projects / if i dont beat him to it!
those well-versed in the history of American barbarism will recognize the artistic license taken with the image above, replacing the vicious scarification with vévé of Eshu Elegbara as constellation. it also owes a nod to the works of Bearden and Matisse. in future revisions, i think i’ll stylize his entire silhouette as a constellation and have it entirely white on black.
Yemaya has many other names. Known as the Star of The Sea in Brazil,
In Macumba, she is known as Ocean Goddess of the Crescent Moon.
Oh okay. Because Macumba is a religion. Iemanjá is still Iemanjá in Umbanda.
In Haiti, she is Agwe. New Orleans women worship her as La Balianne.
Nope. No, no, no. Agwe is a male lwa of the sea in Vodou. The other lwa mentioned is spelled La Baleine. She is not Iemanjá, either. They are related to the sea and they share certain aspects. They are not the same spirit.
And, in Cuba she has three names
I think that this person is writing about caminos. I’m not Lucumi but I’m pretty sure that there are more than three paths of Yemaya in Lucumi.
Not only do you have your facts wrong, but based on the rest of your “article” you could learn where to put an apostrophe.
Can’t we all just do our research? It is really not that difficult
going through the ‘orisha’ tag on tumblr and…psa…
no shade intended but people of ALL shades get called to ATRs. japanese people, middle easterners, and yes, white people, all people. i see dominicans, filipinos, mexicans, persians, chinese people, anglo-saxon whites in the service of the orixa and the lwa.
and honestly? it is not for us, humans on this earth, to judge what person gets called by orixa or lwa to serve them. it is not to us to say god, why do you want this white person as your priest or your priestess? because god, orixa, their lwa, has chosen them for a reason. they pick who they want. am i gonna argue with ezili danto, or oxala? no, ma’am. and it is not for anyone else to pass judgement on, either. if someone gets called to serve, and they answer that call, well! that is their path to walk in life, and i’m not getting in exu’s way over the color of someone’s skin.
Let me break things down for you:
Yemaya is not Agwe. They do not ‘call Yemaya Agwe in Haiti’. Yemaya and Agwe are two different spirits. They are revered in different ways. The closest Vodou equivalent to Yemaya is La Sirene - however, they are not the same. They share similar characteristics, they share archetypes if you will, and while their origins go back to Africa, you are doing people who don’t know any better a disservice by claiming that Yemaya is Agwe or vice versa. Vodou and Yoruba traditions have similarities, even very similar spirits - such as Nana Buruku and Ogum - and there are some common origins. But Exu is not Papa Legba, Oxum is not Ezili Freda. It’s very easy to fall back on this common archetypes when explaining the context of a spirit - Yemaya and Agwe have the ocean in common, Exu and Legba like red and black and open doorways for us, but they are similar, not the same.