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Women take part in a ritual for Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-American religion Umbanda, on February 2, 2011 at Ramirez beach in Montevideo. Thousands of worshippers crowded the beaches of the Uruguayan capital to make their offerings to the deity in her day. AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA

Women take part in a ritual for Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-American religion Umbanda, on February 2, 2011 at Ramirez beach in Montevideo. Thousands of worshippers crowded the beaches of the Uruguayan capital to make their offerings to the deity in her day. AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA

Iemanj (Gastn Espino) Tags: portrait sky beach uruguay retrato streetphotography cielo montevideo photojournalist iemanj religin umbanda fotoperiodismo yemany vision:people=099 vision:face=099 vision:outdoor=0956

Iemanj (Gastn Espino) Tags: portrait sky beach uruguay retrato streetphotography cielo montevideo photojournalist iemanj religin umbanda fotoperiodismo yemany vision:people=099 vision:face=099 vision:outdoor=0956

2 de febrero dia de Iemanjá (o Jemanjá, o Yemanyá), orixá femenino del panteón yoruba originario de Nigeria y trasladado al continente americano en el periodo del tráfico de esclavos junto con el resto de sus religiones y costumbres.  Playa Ramirez, Montevideo 2009

2 de febrero dia de Iemanjá (o Jemanjá, o Yemanyá), orixá femenino del panteón yoruba originario de Nigeria y trasladado al continente americano en el periodo del tráfico de esclavos junto con el resto de sus religiones y costumbres. Playa Ramirez, Montevideo 2009

A boat carries offerings brought by residents for Yemanja, the Sea Goddess of the African-American Religion Umbanda, during the celebration of the Day of Yemanja in Montevideo, capital of #Uruguay, on Feb. 2, 2014. (Xinhua/Nicolas Celaya/IANS)

A boat carries offerings brought by residents for Yemanja, the Sea Goddess of the African-American Religion Umbanda, during the celebration of the Day of Yemanja in Montevideo, capital of #Uruguay, on Feb. 2, 2014. (Xinhua/Nicolas Celaya/IANS)

Devotees perform a ritual of the Afro-American religion of Umbanda, which spread to Uruguay from Brazil

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Devotees perform a ritual of the Afro-American religion of Umbanda, which spread to Uruguay from Brazil

Religion- This is the oldest church in Uruguay. Almost 56% of the population identify themselves as Christian.

Religion- This is the oldest church in Uruguay. Almost 56% of the population identify themselves as Christian.

A woman prepares an offering for Yemanja, the African sea goddess, during a ceremony honoring the deity in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach in Montevideo on her feast day, February 2, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings bestowed upon them. The belief in the goddess sprouts from Umbanda, a blend of religions that include African, Catholicism and Spiritism. (Photo by Matilde…

A woman prepares an offering for Yemanja, the African sea goddess, during a ceremony honoring the deity in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach in Montevideo on her feast day, February 2, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings bestowed upon them. The belief in the goddess sprouts from Umbanda, a blend of religions that include African, Catholicism and Spiritism. (Photo by Matilde…

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