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Pronunciation : yammy

(Hindu Deity)YAMI

Also known as DHARMARJA, DHERMA, MRITU, PITRIPETI, VIVASWATA

Vedic mother of mankind, daughter of Surya and Saranja, and Yama's twin.

According to the Rigveda Yama and Yami were the first human pair but try as she might she couldn't tempt her brother to get involved in the whole world population thing. He succumbed in the end, was later charged with commiting incest and the nosedive from nice guy to death god was swift, and although Yami managed to get off scott free she has been few a few transformations herself since then.

Her role changed somewhat in later Hinduism as she became Yami, daughter of Vivasvat (who was really Surya) and Chayya (Siranja's shadow) who also gave birth to the Ashvins. You think that is confusing?

She is also Goddess of the Yamuna river -- in the guise of Yamuna who is also known as Kalindi -- which is the most sacred river in India due to a connection with Hindu super God, Krishna.

He fell into it as Vasudeva carried him to a safe house after a switcheroo with Yasoda and Nanda's daughter to avoid a rather nasty family prophecy, and also bathed and played there as a child. Rumour has it the hot spot of sanctification is Kesi ghata where he washed after killing Kesi. Book early to avoid disapointment.

Yami's Vahana is a tortoise so if you need to get somewhere fast don't count on her for a lift, and in Tibet she is still hitched to Yama, who is a member of Drag-ched, and they co-rule the underworld as Mr and Mrs Death.
Meet the family ...
Parents : Surya and Saranja
Siblings : Yama
Spouse :
Offspring :
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'YAMI' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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