Oya

October 15th, 2007 by sabrina

Here’s another of the “no pretty white dress” set.¬† When your life needs a little shaking up, she’s the one to call on.

Oya (pronounced OH-yah) is the Yoruban Goddess of the wind, fire, thunder, and earthquakes. She is the force of change—with her power over storms and her sword of truth, she clears the path for growth and action. In her role as Goddess of the wind, she is the breath in our bodies, and the one who carries us away to the otherworld when our breath ceases. Oya is also known as Oya-Yansan which means “mother of nine”; the nine tributaries of the Niger River are her children, and she represents the power of all women to create life. She is a warrior Goddess, strong and courageous. Variations on her name include Oia, Iansa, and Iansan, and epithets associated with her are “the one who puts on pants to go to war” and “the one who grows a beard to go to war“.

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3 responses about “Oya”

  1. bodhi said:

    yup, my pendant I made is of Oya. I looked it up. Is there a goddess of Altzheimer’s?

  2. sabrina said:

    Hmm, can’t think of one for Alzheimer’s yet, but there is Mnemosyne, Greek Goddess of memory. Remember when you had to learn mnemonics in school (like “My Very Energetic Mother Jumps Swiftly Under Normal Pressure”)? You can thank her.

  3. bodhi said:

    ding! thazzit! Mne… Mnymeh… um, yeah her, if I could just remember …