Deriving from the Olodumare scale, Yemayá is one of the most powerful orishas. She is the mother of all living things, rules over motherhood and owns all the waters of the Earth. She gave birth to the stars, the moon, the sun and most of the orishas. Yemayá makes her residence in the life-giving ocean (although some of her roads can be found in lagoons or lakes in the forest). Yemayá’s aché is nurturing, protective and fruitful. Yemayá is just as much a loving mother orisha as she is a fierce warrior that kills anyone who threatens her children.