What Illuminati? The Truth and Beyoncé and the Yoruba Religion

(Photo: Giphy/Beyonce.com)

What Illuminati? The Truth and Beyoncé and the Yoruba Religion

There's a lot of symbolism in those pregnancy pics.

Published February 8, 2017

The world stopped — and retweeted — when Beyoncé kicked off Black History Month with the announcement that she is expecting twins. But do you know the symbolism behind the photos she posted on her website? Here’s a quick look at how the images intersect with Yoruba, a West African-derived form of spirituality.

  1. 'I Have Three Hearts'

    The entire photo series carries this title, a reference to the fact that Beyoncé’s body currently has three hearts living inside it. Her website also includes a poem with this name — penned by Warsan Shire, the poet behind the words Bey speaks during “Lemonade.” In this section, she specifically references Osun (also called Oshun) and Yemoja (Yemayá), two Orishas, or divine goddesses.

    (Photo: Beyonce.com)
    (Photo: Beyonce.com)
  2. Oshun is the Orisha of fresh water and love

    Aye Lil Mama, would you like to be my sunshine? ☀️💫⭐️💛 #OSHUN #GoddessFlow #YouGlowGirl #TheGlowUp

    A photo posted by Lesey 🎀💕💗🌷 (@_youglowgirl) on

  3. She was also the mother of twins
  4. The twins are represented in Yoruba by Ibeji
  5. All of which brings new context to those underwater shots

    #Stunning

    A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on

  6. Bey channeled Oshun for 'Lemonade,' too

    via GIPHY

    via GIPHY

  7. Yemayá is the Orisha of motherhood and the ocean

    #yemaya I think I feel most connected to her

    A photo posted by vampiremermaidhippie (@sheissuperdope) on

  8. Which explains water’s prominent role in this shoot

    A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on

  9. She paid homage to Yemayá in 'Lemonade,' too

    via GIPHY

    via GIPHY

    via GIPHY

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Giphy/Beyonce.com)

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