IEMANJÀ AND ON SOME ECSTASIES BY THE SEASIDE. 2014.
In the Condomblè religion Iemanjà is the Queen of the Ocean, the patron spirit of the fishermen, the feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight. Her name means “mother whose children are like fish.” In Salvador de Bahia Iemanjá is celebrated the 2nd of February, when thousands of people line up at dawn to leave their offerings at her shrine in Rio Vermelho. Gifts for Iemanjá usually include flowers and objects of female vanity (perfume, jewelry, combs, lipsticks, mirrors). These are gathered in large baskets and taken out to the sea by local fishermen.
During the initiation ritual the girls are possessed by the goddess.