3D model of the shrine to Iya Moopo, godess of women's occupations (2019-12) by CyArkCyArk
Discovering Iya Moopo
The Iya Moopo statue in Osogbo, rises out of the forest. Iya Moopo is the “Great Mother” in Yoruba mythology and she protects women in all that they must do from bearing children to their professions or trades.
Three pairs of hands
The shrine in Osogbo is depicted with three hands to represent the giving of advice, blessing and admonition.
The statue also features representations of Atiala and Atioro, bird-like figurines depicted clinging to the body of the shrine.
According to Yoruba tradition, Atiala and Atioro are bird helpers and are also considered sacred.
Learn More with Artist and Activist Molara Wood
Open Heritage 3D Graphic by CyArkCyArk