Goddess of Wind
Goddess of wind
In Yoruba mythology, Oya (Alternative spellings: Oia, Iansa, Iansan), is the Goddess of the Niger River. She is seen in aspects of warrior goddess of wind, lightning, fertility, fire and magic.
She creates hurricanes and tornadoes and guards the underworld.
Her full name is Oya Yansan, which means "mother of nine." In Brazil, in candomble she is generally saluted with the phrase "Epa heyi!. while in Cuban-derived Yoruba traditions, the faithful often salute her by saying "Hekua hey Yansa."
She is closely associated with many Orishas, but most especially Shango/Chango, Ogun, Oba (Obba), Yewa/Eua and Osun/Ochun/Oxum. Oya is also called "the one who puts on pants to go to war" and "the one who grows a beard to go to war".
As the Spirit of the Wind, Oya manifests in Creation in the forms as sudden and drastic change, strong storms, and the flash of the marketplace. Oya's representation of wind, creation, and death is not as arbitrary as it may seem. Oya has a sister named Ayao that is received by her initiates.
Oya has been syncretized in Santeria with the Catholic images of Our Lady Of Candelaria (Our Lady of the Presentation) and St. Theresa. Her feast day is February 2.
In Brasilian Umbanda she is represented by Saint Barbara. more
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