Hundreds worship Yemanja, the Goddess of the sea

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Candles lit to honor the African sea goddess Yemanja are propped in the sand in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

Candles lit to honor the African sea goddess Yemanja are propped in the sand in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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A woman stands in shallow ocean waters honoring the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

A woman stands in shallow ocean waters honoring the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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A woman dances around an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

A woman dances around an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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A woman lies face down in the water during a ritual honoring the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

A woman lies face down in the water during a ritual honoring the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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Worshippers sing to honor the African sea goddess Yemanja, at the sea shore in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

Worshippers sing to honor the African sea goddess Yemanja, at the sea shore in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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Offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja are arranged on a towel at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

Offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja are arranged on a towel at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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A woman releases a small boat as an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

A woman releases a small boat as an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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Worshippers carry a boat filled with offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja, at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

Worshippers carry a boat filled with offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja, at a beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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Two women enter the sea with an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, during a ceremony honoring the deity in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

Two women enter the sea with an offering for the African sea goddess Yemanja, during a ceremony honoring the deity in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico / AP)

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Worshippers enter ocean waters singing and leading a boat with offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico/ AP)

Worshippers enter ocean waters singing and leading a boat with offerings for the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Matilde Campodonico/ AP)

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