Asase Ya

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Asase Ya
Earth Goddess
Husband Nyame

Issue

Tano
Bia
Anansi

Asase Ya (or Asase Yaa, Asaase Afua[1]) is the Earth goddess of fertility[2] of the Ashanti people of Ghana.[3]

She is the wife of Nyame the Sky deity, who created the universe.[4] She gave birth to the two children, Bea and Tano. Bea is also named Bia.

She is also the mother of Anansi, the trickster, and divine stepmother of the sacred high chiefs.

Asase Yaa is very powerful, though no temples are dedicated to her, instead she is worshipped in the fields.

Her favoured people are workers in the fields and planet Jupiter is her symbol.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historical dictionary of women in Sub-Saharian Africa. Author: Kathleen E Sheldon.
  2. ^ African Traditional Religion in Biblical Perspective by Richard J. Gehman
  3. ^ Egerton Sykes; Alan Kendall (2001). Who's who in non-classical mythology. Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-415-26040-4. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ Family tree of Litungas