Created from cowrie shells and seed beads, the Macuto is an amulet prepared for the Orisha, a spirit or deity in the Santeria or Yoruba system of beliefs. In Santeria, each of the Orisha is represented by specific colors and may be identified with specific Catholic saints. See this reference for more information.
The Yemaya amulet features blue and clear crystal beads and a cowrie shell on either end. Yemaya is the orisha of lakes and seas, women and motherhood. Sold individually.
IDENTIFICATION: Our Lady of Regla, the protector of sailors
FEAST DAY: September 7th
DAY OF THE WEEK: Saturday
COLORS: Crystal and Blue
The Macuto is often called a bead, but there are no stringing holes that are easily apparent. These amulets are designed to be carried and not worn. Each amulet is hand made and therefore varies slightly. Approximate size is 7/8 inches tall (23mm) and 21mm wide (~3/4 inches) from cowrie to cowrie.