The pairing of her intense patterns with her almost blasé seeming posture convey to me a sort of confidence that is quite fitting of a goddess of beauty. She’s a woman that is out of every man’s league and she knows it! That is part of her mythology and its actually quite sad. She wants nothing more than to be loved with the same intensity that she loves, but alas as she is the embodiment and epitome of love, even as the most beloved of all Orisha, there are none who can match her capacity to love.
“The Gilded River” is the 6th installment in “The Feminine Divine” series. This painting (print) features the Yoruba Goddess Oshun. She is a prominent river goddess of Yuroba based religions steming out of west Africa, but has found her way throughout much of Latin America and even features as a prominent figure in Santeria and Voodoo. Oshun is syncretized with Our Lady of Charity, patron saint of Cuba, and Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil. In Trinidad she is associated with St. Philomena and the Hindu deity Ganga Mai or Mother Ganges.