Maintaining the practice of honoring Yemanja at the ocean is important, because it is intricately linked to honoring the ancestors of our religion. Without them, we wouldn’t have Candomblé.
Orisa bi iya, ko si. Iya la ba ma bo. In other words, there is no Orisa like (or greater than) mother, it is mother who is worthy to be praised.
Part of our worship of nature involves making offerings, but all too often those offerings become pollution – an affront to the very nature we serve. While we absolutely have religious freedom and can practice our beliefs without fear, we also have the responsibility of keeping the environment clean.