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 African Orisha Deity Yemoja
When asked to express where his inspiration for this photo project arose from, Lewis had this to say:

“Throughout my formal education from elementary up through college I never heard the tale of African deities. A little over a month ago I began to research online to find information in regards to the gods & goddesses of Africa. To my surprise there were many, however, the ones that stood out the most were the deities of Nigeria and Benin, West Africa which they referred to as Orishas.

I wanted to portray the regal beauty of each Orisha while also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they are beautiful, bold and brilliant just the way God created them to be. […] each Orisha’s name is written in the Yoruba dialect and captures imagery of powerful men, women & children of various complexions who are all of the African descent.”


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Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition
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Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition
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  • Paperback: 182 pages

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The Way of Orisa: Empowering Your Life Through the Ancient African Religion of Ifa
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The Way of Orisa: Empowering Your Life Through the Ancient African Religion of Ifa
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  • HarperOne
  • Edition no. 1st (05/28/1993)
  • Paperback: 208 pages

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The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
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The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
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  • Weiser Books
  • Edition no. First Printing (08/01/1994)
  • Paperback: 144 pages

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Osanyin-African-Orisha-Deities Sources: All Images Property of James C. Lewis


 More Info On African Pantheons

Update: Here’s a wonderful video from Crash Course covering some of the Orishas and also some African Mythology. The whole Crash Course World Mythology series is amazing. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this video.

So, today we’re talking about African Pantheons. Now, you might say, that’s ridiculous. Africa isn’t a single place with a single pantheon, and we’d be fools to try and cover all that in an eleven minute video. You’d be right. Instead we’re going to focus on Yoruba religion from west Africa, and the Orishas that populate Yoruba stories. The many, many Orishas cover all aspects of life, and can be pretty specialized. We’re going to focus on a dozen or so. – Crash Course

Ifá is practiced throughout the Americas, West Africa, and the Canary Islands, in the form of a complex religious system, and plays a critical role in the traditions of Santería, Candomblé, Palo, Umbanda, Vodou, and other Afro-American faiths, as well as in some traditional African religions.

Powers of the Orishas: Santeria and the Worship of Saints
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Powers of the Orishas: Santeria and the Worship of Saints
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  • Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
  • Original Publications
  • Edition no. First Printing (06/01/1992)
  • Paperback: 126 pages

 

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