Yemaya, the Goddess of the Seas

From the dawn of mankind and throughout human history, the concept of a Mother Goddess representing fertility, creation, the furious yet protective power of nature, motherhood and the bounty of the Earth, has been a common factor in various civilisations and cultures across the globe.

The ancient religious beliefs of the Yoruba people of Yorubaland, spread across southwestern Nigeria and neighbouring parts of Benin and Togo, holds that all human beings are expected to eventually merge with the divine creator and that the thoughts and actions of each person are an inalienable part of all other living things, including the Earth itself.

Yemaya, from Yey Omo Eja, ‘the Mother Whose Children are the Fish’, is the principal Yoruba river deity, worshipped anywhere there is flowing water. Strongly protective yet violently destructive when angered, She accompanied the African slave diaspora to the New World as the Goddess of the Seas, patron spirit of women, fishermen and the survivors of shipwrecks, the feminine principle of creation, and the spirit of moonlight.

Often depicted as a mermaid, with the crescent moon as her sign and cowrie shells representing her wealth, Yemaya is believed to have given birth to the 14 Yoruba Gods and Goddesses and then the first mortal humans. In the Americas, She is equated with various Virgin Mary figures like Our Lady of Regla and Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Our Lady of the Seafaring).

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa celebrates the benevolent spirit of the Mother Goddess as an omnipresent, protective force; the Queen of the Seven Seas. Efren Medina, arguably Nicaragua’s most famous artist, visualized a beautiful young woman emerging from the seas and his iconic painting, specially commissioned for the resort, is displayed in the lobby.