Yoruba female figure (Nigeria), C 19-20 Wood, indigo pigment, glass beads "The incidence of twin births is extraordinarily high among the Yoruba peoples, but so is infant mortality. Ere ibeji are Yoruba memorials to twins who have died...Twins are believed to be the children of Shango, the god of thunder and lightning. They are also thought to possess supernatural powers and share the same soul. A memorial figure serves as a receptacle for half of the shared soul."
Oshun ( Oxum) is an Orisha, is the queen of freshwater, lady of the rivers and waterfalls, also revered in Candomblé and Umbanda, religions of African origin. Oshun is the Goddess of beauty, Orisha of love, fertility and motherhood, responsible for protecting the fetuses and newborn children.***