The rivers eventually flow into the sea, where we find the next water Orixá: Iemanjá or Yemaya.
The vast salt waters of the ocean hold the origins of life and carry the energy of fertility. This great mother welcomes us, rocks us in her arms, washes away our negativity and offers us the opportunity for rebirth.
Water represents our emotions, and the ocean contains the vast world of both our unconscious and conscious emotions. We can watch the waves rippling across the surface of the water like the many emotions we see and experience each day, while others lurk in the dark depths of the ocean only to be discovered if we are prepared to dive deeply.
The archetypes associated with this Orixá are the great mother who gave birth to all living things, the Virgin Mary, and the mystical mermaid.