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Yemanjá

Iemanjá Quilmes, south border of that river that is almost a sea, is enough for Yemanjá. Mother of all the Orixas, adopted virgin on an up-side down syncretism, according to the legend, this Yoruba deity got rid of many stalkers by transforming herself into a river and her breast milk into an ocean. Miniature giant ships or small boats filled with food, letters and bijoux, Yemanja receives every February 2nd presents, thank you notes and requests combined with different rituals that take place all through Latin America. The «Maes» organize the ceremony but every one is free to carry their own present and embrace her inside deep waters.

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The seashore of the River Plate.

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Devotees of Yemanja and Africanists perform a ritual of communion and invocation before delivering their offerings to the river.

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Within the religions Africanists are believed that the dance to the sound of drums leads to ecstasy necessary to incorporate the «saints» (orixás).

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A devotee of Oshun (considered daughter of Yemanja) about to enter to the river to let her offering.

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A statue of the mother goddess of the Africanists, Yemanja, is prepared before its way down the river.

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Oni Pae Daniel De Oxala portrait. He is the adviser of the Oba from the ASRAU association.

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Grains of corn, watermelons and melons drafts, are some of the offerings that are being delivered to Yemanja.

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The devotees and celebrants of Yemanja share the river with those who seek only in the river a little recreation.

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The devotees and celebrants of Yemanja share the river with those who seek only in the river a little recreation.

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Devotees of Yemanja throw flowers into the river.

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Some branches of the Africanists religions believe in the sacrifice of animals as an offering to their gods.

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A Mai guide the boat loaded with offerings to Yemanja. She will decide when it is released and will be the last to leave the river.

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Devotees of Yemanja belonging to the same congregation leave the river walk backwards, because the deity cannot be given back.

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A devotee of Yemanja releasing her offering.

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