Beyoncé channels Yoruba Goddess Oshun.

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I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!

Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.

I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.

More pics from her performance are below:

“The Macedonian-Greek conquerors…were the same people that ravaged and plundered the libraries and other repositories of the indigenous Africans’ works in art, science, religion, law, etc., on the orders of General Soter and Aristotle — who placed his own name on any of the documents he stole from the Lodges and temples of the Nile Valley Africans’ Mystery system at Luxor. Luxor, today called ‘THEBES,’ was originally located Ta-Nehisi before the imaginary ‘BOUNDARY [border] LINE’ that allegedly ‘…DIVIDED NUBIA FROM EGYPT…’ was carried southwards through military conquest at a very much later period n the Nile Valley history.”

Source: Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. Black Man of the Nile. pg. 169. 1970. 

“The Egyptians, or Ta-Merrians, entire LITERATURE — both secular and religious [if separable], is replete with documentary INSCRIPTIONS relating to their ‘SOUTHERN ORIGIN;’ and, even their ‘GODS’ they said: ‘CAME FROM THE SOURCE OF THE NILE…HAPI [the Nile God], AT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON.’ One must remember that the ‘…SOURCE OF HAPI…’ [the Nile River] is still the same place in Central East Africa [around Uganda, Kenya, Zaire or Congo, Tanzania, and other areas around the Great Lakes], at the foot of the ‘MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON’ [today’s Kilamanjaro, in the Kenya-based language called KiSwahili], as recorded in THE BOOK OF THE COMING FORTH BY DAY [Egyptian Book of the Dead, and the Papyrus of Ani, written about c. 4000 B.C.E.]. The other two ‘SOURCES OF THE NILE’ are both in the so-called ‘Ethiopian Highlands.’ The BLUE NILE, which begins at Lake Tana, and the Atbara River that commences North of the lake, along with the White Nile, all three joins at Atbara [Nubia, Ta-Nehisi, Zeti or Sudan] to form what is called the ‘NILE.'”

Source: Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. Black Man of the Nile. pg. 168-9. 1970