Yaya is an old brazilian nickname for Miss or
During slavery years, the slaves used to
refear to the little Miss from the big house
as Yayá or Iaiá.
In ancient Greek, "Yaya" meant literally
"woman." Today, Greek grandmothers are
called "Yaya," likely because they have
achieved womanhood. In an Afro-Caribbean
religious sect, found mostly in Brazil and the
Congo, the word "Yaya" refers to a woman who
has gone through a religious initiation. It
means "Mother" or "Mama Priestess."
In both cultural traditions, the word "Yaya"
represents the highest form of woman,
achieved only through initiation, experience
and longevity. It represents, literally, the
Journey to Womanhood. Cowgirl_Haley00