The thing that (at least for me) makes Gogo one of my favorite characters Tarantino has written is that, despite being so minor and lost in the four-hour span of The Bride’s revenge tale (she’s essentially one more subordinate standing between The Bride and O-Ren), we immediately become reacquainted with her as soon as she shows up.
At first glance, she’s silent, innocent. And then The Bride narrates what lies beneath this first impression.
Thanks in part to a very memorable entrance, an oddly bittersweet-bordering-on-sad exit, and a steady balance of cute pixie-like innocence and brutal, violent insanity from Chiaki Kuriyama; in such a short amount of screen time, the mace-swinging maniac becomes as iconic as any major character Tarantino has written.
Chiaki Kuriyama as Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill vol 1.
A comedy sci-fi film with a
woman of coloras the lead!
or…a Black girl!
Herbal dye plants, used traditionally to color fibers, give hard-boiled eggs an earthier tone than never-from-nature candy-colored synthetics. Just follow these simple instructions from the experts at Herb Companion for gorgeous, nontoxic, festive Easter eggs.
Dyeing Easter eggs naturally. I’ve done this with good results. A little more patience is needed, of course.
Yemaya is an Osha of the Head’s Oshas group. Yemaya is the mother of all the children in the Earth, Iyá Omo Aiyé. She represents the uterus in any specie, the source of the life, the fertility, the maternity. In the nature she is symbolized by the waves of the sea, like her dance that resembles the motion of the ocean.
Yemaya is the Orisha of the Oggùn river that runs by Òyó and Abeokutá, in the Nupe territory, transfer to territory Cover, in Abeokutá, Ibadán and Shaki. Yemaya when punishes is inflexible, she is a fortune teller par excellence, she robbed the okpele of Orula and he gave her the diloggún. She is the owner of waters and the sea, source of all the life. Queen of Abeokutá. Her name comes from the Yorùbá Yemòjá (Yeyé: mother - Omo: son - Eyá: Fish) literally mother of the fish. It is said that we all are her children, as for 9 months we swam like fish in the placenta of our mother. She always eats next to Shango, except Yemaya Okute that eats with Oggun.
She is received as a tutelar Orishaand in the Sodo Orisha her omo does not receive Oyá. Before the crowning, ceremonies are made at least 7 days before in the sea. Her otás are 7 dark or black stones that shelter there.
She is compared with the Virgin of Regla (7 of September). Her number is the 7 and its multiples. Her color is blue and its tonalities. She is greeted Omío Yemaya Omoloddé! Yemaya Ataramawa!
Beautiful Yoruban art of the Orishas! Starting at the top: Yemaya, Obatala, Oshun, Elegua, Ogun, Ochosi, and Chango
"My soulmate is a mermaid, gotta hold my breath to get laid, the ocean was our play thing".
Jessie Boykins III from the song Back Home (Mermaids&Dragons).
Traditional Colors: Yellow, Gold and Amber
Areas of Influence: Rivers, love and romance, gold, pregnancy, witchcraft and love or wishing spells, healing (especially emotional), weight loss
Entities associated with: Our Lady del Caridad del Cobre (patron saint of Cuba)
Symbols: Gold, yellow butterflies, gold, diamonds, gold, yellow roses, gold and did I mention gold?
Offerings: Pumpkins, honey, cinnamon, lemons, coconut, yams, chicken, Goldschlager Liquor
Feast Day: September 8th
Astrology: Venus, Taurus and Virgo
Tarot: Page (Princess in Thoth Deck) of Cups, Ace and 2 of cups
Chakra: Solar plexus, heart
Gemstones: Amber, Diamonds, Imperial Topaz, Rutilated quartz, Citrine, golden beryl, yellow flourite
Animals: Yellow butterflies, bees, otters, skunks
Entities of Similar Energy: Aphrodite, Venus, Freya, Lakshmi and other Goddesses of Love
Oshun is the Orisha of love. She can be the sweetest, kindest, most generous person you will ever meet. She is beautiful, charismatic and has great taste in everything. She appreciates the finer things in life (gold especially). She loves to laugh and wants everyone to be happy. You can always tell when she’s around because everyone just gets real silly and starts to giggle. Well, that and everyone seems to get just a little more sexy. She is graceful and loves to dance.
While Chango represents the essential life force, Oshun represents the things that make life worth living. She is that first stage of a new romance. You are sooooo in love with that new guy or girl. Everything they do is perfect. Even those habits that will annoy you in a few months are “cute.” You can’t get enough of each other emotionally and physically. You don’t sleep, you are full of energy and you don’t eat much. You are completely enamored by that other person. You want to give them the world. Now, we all know that eventually this feeling changes into something else but for that first few weeks, life is grand.
Oshun loves her children with every fiber of her being. She will give them almost anything. She is a witch, and will throw spells (especially love spells) with the best of them. All wishing spells (anytime the words “I wish” exit your mouth) belong to her. She has a pot of honey that she has tied around her waist (why yes, that does have a double meaning) and she can use it for spells. Oshun will get you pregnant but she isn’t a huge fan of babies (except when they are real cute and well-behaved) so at some point in a pregnancy, Yemaya (her mother) will take over. There is a river that she owns, the Oshun River, in Nigeria. Oshun is utterly charming.
There is a story of how Ogoun got pissed off one day and took off for the woods. This was a serious problem because Ogoun is modern civilization. All the machines stopped working and cities began to fall apart. Each one of the Orishas tried in vain to get him to come back but he wasn’t having any of it. Finally, Oshun, in a very sexy outfit went out to the forest. She had her “honey pot” tied around her waist as usual. She began to dance and as she moved, Ogoun watched her from afar. She kept dancing and he kept getting closer. When he got within arms reach of her she dipped her hand into her honey pot and then smeared some of the honey onto his lips. Poor boy didn’t know what hit him. She used her feminine ways to get him to go back to civilization.
Oshun is very much in love with Chango. Unfortunately since Chango is a slut (and married to her sister, Oya) that means that Oshun is often heart broken. This is the flipside to Oshun. She is constantly getting her heart broken because she gives so much and can never really find someone who can give her back all that she needs. Oshun, please don’t listen to this next part…Now for her bad traits…she can be moody, vain, superficial, jealous and petty. Oshun has a short attention span. She is can be very insecure and she hates being poor. At her worst, she may marry for money. If you cross her or lie to her, she will make sure that you feel fat and ugly and couldn’t get laid in a prison with a fist full of pardons.
Properly Showing Respect to Oshun
When preparing an altar to Oshun, make sure it is pretty. The space should be clean and smell good. She loves yellow, amber and gold (brass will do if you can’t afford gold). She likes to be called a “goddess” and be praised. Be sure to tell her how wonderful she is!!! She loves pumpkins with honey and cinnamon. Be sure when offering honey to her, taste it first (someone once tried to offer her poisoned honey) and then sprinkle with cinnamon. She also likes yams (sweet potatoes). She loves jewelry of all kinds. Never make a promise to her that you can’t keep. She HATES that. Offerings to her can be given at any natural bodies of fresh water. She loves yellow flowers (roses are best but carnations will do if you can’t afford roses).
Where to find Oshun
Natural bodies of water (lakes, streams, rivers, creeks), beauty shops, cosmotology school, spas, new age stores (she likes the pretty things), high end lover’s boutiques, jewelry stores, any spots where lovers like to go
Generally speaking, Oshun’s kids are usually the easiest to spot in a crowd. They are attractive, charismatic people. They want everything around them to look perfect and expensive. However, since they don’t like to clean, their places may be messy. They love parties and being the center of attention. They constantly talk about the opposite sex. Her kids love to be pretty and will normally spend a lot of time in the bathroom primping. They lavish their loved ones with attention and gifts. They are bad with money and will normally live beyond their means (or have some one else paying the bills). Many times, they will be fair haired and skinned (no matter what race) and like to dye their hair blonde if it ain’t that color already. Her children are quite often dancers, artists and hairdressers. Yes, many of your flamboyant gay men have Oshun as their mother?. They are moody, vain folks who will get mad at you for not giving them enough attention but they won’t stay mad for long if you apologize and make up for your sins. They can be very self-indulgent and may carry some extra weight due to their eating habits. This may lead to chronic yo-yo dieters. Two words…High Maintenance.
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