Monday, 27 June 2016

OYA : SPIRIT OF THE WIND

Oya : Spirit of the Wind

She is the owner of the flash of lighting, the cemetery, the wind and the whirls. Oya is related to a spiritual force called Ajàláyé which are warm winds which blow close to the earth creating whirls in it. These winds play an essential role in the process of restoring the soils by spreading the seeds of fertility on it. Also, these Ajalaye or winds play a negative role by spreading all kinds of germs which cause epidemics in Africa. She is the Goddess of market and trade, and the strongest warrior among the female Orishas. Her dances are violent while whirling in the air her attribute consisting of an Irukere (horse tail). Her metal is copper and she is Sango's greatest love and his most widely acknowledged woman by the Yoruba's.

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