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 energy is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess
of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms, and hurricanes.
Oya is one of the seven primary orisha in the Yoruba religion, which
originated in the Old Oyo Empire of Ancient Yorubaland, present-day Nigeria.
The name Oya is defined by the action “she tore,” “O-ya” in Yoruba. The River
Niger, the thunderbolt, fire, tornadoes, buffalo, and the wind represent this
One great way to work with Oya is through working with your ancestors, because
of her connection with death and the dead. If you want to have a small altar
for her, you can offer her 9 pennies, a colorful windmill, red wine, and
chocolate pudding. She likes maroon, dark purple, and chocolate colored cloths.
Stands 12 in tall