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Beyoncé at the Grammys and Books on African Goddesses

Christina Vortia

Staff Writer

Christina is an avid reader, enthusiastic foodie, unabashed ratchet intellectual, and snarky librarian. You can follow her blog, Follow her on Twitter @MissFabularian.

Beyoncé has been channeling African goddesses for a while now. Notably, she has appeared in the likeness of Oshun, a Yoruba deity that takes on many representations of a supreme being or god. In her performance last night, Katie Mettler of  The Washington Post said that she welded several goddesses together blending a cultural trifecta of the divine. In Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album, Lemonade, she served us a cornucopia of African goddesses. Kamaria Roberts and Kenya Downs gave a brilliant breakdown of the ways Beyoncé highlighted the African diaspora as well as specific African goddesses in  her videos. Here’s a reading list highlighting some unsung goddesses, and if you have some reading recommendations to add, please share!

Mami Wata: Africa’s Ancient God/dess Unveiled by Mama Zogbé (Vivian Hunter-Hindrew M. Ed.) 

The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts

Osun Across the Waters : A Yoruba Goddess by Joseph M. Murphy and Mei-Mei Sanford 

The Sacred Ifa Oracle by Afolabi A. Epega , Philip John Neimark , and  Dr. Afolabi Epega