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YEMANYA is the feminine principle of the universe. She is the mother of all. She rules over gestation, pregnancy, fertility, abundance and life. She rules over the top life-giving layers of the ocean and is the female aspect of the ORISA OLOKUN. She is one of the most powerful and important ORISA for the followers of traditional African religion in the western hemisphere. She is the ultimate nurturing force, the wife and consort of OBATALA. While OBATALA is the force and authority, YEMANYA is the source that gives life. The two are inseparable.