On October 30, 2018, Ile Baalat Teva hosted an ebbo for Yewa at the home of our queen Arden Keren.
It was a beautiful and meaningful occasion of giving thanks to Yewa for all of the wonderful things she gives us both in life and in death. Because of her, we have delicious gifts such as wine, cheese, miso, and truffles. Because of her we also have the microbes that assist our bodies to digest these things and convert them to energy for our bodies.
Yewa is one of those Orishas who everyone needs, and whose blessings everyone loves, but she does not receive enough conscious attention except from a relative few Orisha followers. Because of the solemn and strict nature of the ceremonial bearing that must be kept, and the reminder of our mortality, some people see her as a downer, and it is somewhat rare for those in the diaspora to make a big deal of celebrating her. Take it from us though, it is well worth it to do so. She may seem a bit “goth”, but she is extremely generous and full of love.
Her children tend to be a bit shy in some ways, but they are very loyal friends who can contain emotions that some others have problems dealing with. When you are down, they are there for you and don’t get put off by the fact that friendship involves practical caring for people. So both in ceremony and in everyday life, take every opportunity to show her your love. I promise the rewards will be great.
Blessings and Ashe!