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Here’s How Beyoncé’s ‘Spirit Video’ Pays Homage To Yoruba Goddess, ‘Yemoja’

‘Yoruba Goddess Yemoja’

This week clearly belongs to Beyoncé, as she has clearly been on the lips of many; From the premiere of the re-imagining of the ‘Lion King’ movie to the announcing of the soundtrack album which by the way features many Afro Music stars.

The pop queen has refused to get her foot off our necks. Beyonce went on to release the video to her latest single off the album, “Spirit“.  Listen to spirit below:

Well, in addition to featuring some of our best musicians in the album, Beyoncé has managed to incorporate Nigeria into the narrative once again.

Like the video for “Spirit”, she pays homage to Yoruba deity, Yemoja. The goddess and protector of all living things in the sky, earth and water. 

Here’s how she did: 

Goddess Of The Sea: 

yoruba goddess yemoja

According to the Myth, Yemoja resides in the ocean, as she is usually portrayed with water surrounding her. In the video, Beyoncé soulfully launches into the song’s chorus, dressed in blue. Yemoja’s favourite colour and the name of Beyoncé’s daughter (BLUE) — with a stunning waterfall in the background. 

Mother Of Fertility 

Beyonce Spirit Video

Yemoja is the protector of women. She governs everything pertaining to women: childbirth, conception, parenting, child safety, love, and healing. Beyoncé’s music certainly addresses all these things, and since her self-titled album, she has definitely become a feminist icon.

The Cowries 

yoruba goddess yemoja

In the “Spirit” video, one of Beyoncé’s looks has her adorned in cowries, pearls and jewels, which pays direct homage to Yemoja. Being the queen of the entire world, Yemoja was usually depicted to appear wealthy and elaborate, and as we can all see, Beyoncé nailed it. 

Yemoja & Oshun

Yoruba goddess yemoja

Yemoja has a very special relationship with two orishas in particular: Osun and Sango. Osun is often depicted as Yemoja’s sister, with the two usually sporting their distinct colours, yellow and blue. Beyoncé pays homage to their relationship with a standout shot in the video.

Just like other kinds of mythology, Yoruba mythology is rich with interesting stories about our heritage and culture. Well, at least Beyoncé has brought this into our consciousness, and we’ll definitely be looking up all these stories.

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