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Combined Axe + Anchor for Yemayá and Agallú

Catalog Number: B025


Length of the double-headed axe : 16 " 
Length of the Anchor : 16.2"


Religion and Denomination: Santería (Cuba, Yoruba)
Materials: Beads
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

This object is both symbolic of Yemayá and Agallú, as it presents both an anchor and the double-headed axe.

The anchor is a clear indication of the oricha Yemayá, the majestic and maternal Lucumí divinity of the sea, motherhood, and sometimes the moon is usually imagined as a dark-skinned woman with children and a strong temper, and is sometimes called the first oricha to come to the defense of humanity. Yemayá is often considered the most important of the orichas in Santería because of her responsibility as the mother of all things.  Her relationship to the sea stems from the idea that all life started in the sea and it is often understood that without her, humanity would not continue to grow and evolve.

Commissioned by someone the son of Yemayá and Agallú, every santero has a divine mother and father. This person’s divine mother was Yemayá and his divine father was Agallú, lord of the Volcano — his colors are brown and white and the double-axe is one of his symbols because of his close association to Changó.