Beyonce Photoshoot Sparks Controversy Among Christians???
Most of you like myself probably don't give a rat's behind about this news, which is totally fine, as Beyoncé probably doesn't play an important role in either of our lives. Anyhow, here's the African history lesson of the images of Beyoncé dressed as the Orisha Oshun giving birth to the orisha Ibeji, the first twins.
Below the cut is a post by Cora Jakes Coleman (the eldest daughter of T.D. Jakes) addressing the idiocy of all this.
African spirituality Yoruba, is a polytheistic religion, meaning there are multiple “gods” in the religion, not just one. The gods in Yoruba are called Orisha, and Orisha are spirits that represent specific manifestations of the divine. Each Orisha have their own origin story, many of them were always spirits while others were real people who lived their lives in such a way that upon death they were regarded as Orisha. Which orisha were real people is not known, but for the sake of this history lesson, we will assume that Oshun and Ibeji were real people and now are fine spirits. Oshun is the orisha of love and rivers. She is often depicted as a happy woman in a yellow dress, surrounded by water. She was in love with the orisha of thunder, Shango, who was in a polygamous marriage with her sister the orisha Oya. Oshun was a woman who truly valued love and happiness and would give of herself infinitely to see others happy, but she often never felt like others would do the same for her. When she felt particularly hurt by others, she was known to destroy entire villages in a mad rage. Even while on her rampages however, Oshun was still always known to be smiling and laughing as she destroyed everything in her path. When Oshun got pregnant by Shango, she gave birth to the first twins in history, Taewo and Kehinde. Taewo and Kehinde shared the same soul and as orisha, they are known as one spirit, the Orisha of the Twins, Ibeji: Source Tiameca Oshun Hollins
This leads me to my next point. I've seen a few random people make posts or comments going against the photo & saying quite rude/judgmental things. (some whom are Christians) I just don't understand how people are so negatively affected by this that they feel the need to post about it and how "bad" it is.