Fantasy Friday: Oya

Oya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas). A Warrior-Queen, she is the sister-wife of the God Shango, to whom She gave the power to create storms. Much of Oya's power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes.

Oya is described as the beautiful wife of Shango, her 9 bracelets chiming along to her as she dances through the sky, known for her alluring locks and efficacious smile, such is the nature of Oya, Orisha of the Wind, she was a the beloved Queen of the Oyo Empire as she stood beside her king. Alongside her King they would serve their people, preceding her husband with tornadoes who rides upon his storm clouds.

As the Orisha of change, She brings down the dead wood to make room for the new, and She uses Her machete or sword to clear a path for new growth. She is believed to watch over the newly dead and assist them as they make the transition from life.

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