María Lionza, said to have been born in 1502, is the goddess of one of the largest religious groups in Venezuela. Her cult is a blend of African, indigenous, and Catholic beliefs similar to many other such groups in Latin America. She is revered as a goddess of nature, love, peace, and harmony. She is part of a "trinity" of deities called the "tres potencias" (three powers).
She is said to live on the mountain of Sorte, where her followers come on pilgrimage, calling her their queen. Because of this tradition, Sorte Mountain was declared a national park in the 1980s.