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In Yorùbá mythology, Yemaja is a mother goddess; patron deity of women, especially pregnant women; and the Ogun river (the waters of which are said to cure infertility). Her parents are Odudua and Obatala. She had one son, Orungan , who raped her successfully one time and attempted a second time; she exploded instead, and fifteen Orishas came forth from her. They include Ogun, Olukum , Shakpana and Shango.
Yemaja is also venerated in Vodun. Among the Umbandists , Yemaja is a goddess of the ocean and patron deity of the survivors of shipwrecks. In Santería, Yemaja is the equivalent of Our Lady of Regla .
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