Tuesday, April 22, 2014

O is for Oya and Oshun

Oya is a Yoruban Goddess of weather, chaos, change and transformation. She also governs over life and death. Her name means "she who tore", because she is said to be the great cleanser, destroying everything in her path with mighty storms and winds and then restoring things back. She is also said to be highly protective over women and uses magic, which according to some sources she got from her husband Shango (You'll learn more about him later for my blog for S). She is often depicted as a black woman, who either has wind or lightening emanating from her body or hands and she loves rainbow colors but her main colors are burgandy, and black, sometimes blue and gold. She is associated with the number 9 and she also referred to as the Goddess of the Niger River. If you should call on her for anything, you should first make an offering to her of either Red Wine, Eggplant, Tobacco, Purple Grapes and Legumes...you should also taste it first before offering it.

Also: Sometimes it is said that when there is a bad storm that either Oya and Shango are fighting or dancing.


Painting by Francisco Santos




      Oshun is the younger sister of Oya; a Goddess who governs over love, beauty, fertility, prosperity, and sweet waters. She is often depicted as a beautiful brown skinned woman with a mirror or fan in her hand; usually depicted wearing yellow and amber colored clothing and she usually wears bronze, gold or metal jewelery. She is associated with birds and fishes and sometimes depicted as a mermaid in other stories. Her favorite number is five and she loves peacocks and vultures. If you want to make an offering to her, she loves sweets (i.e Honey, which is her favorite, and other sweets, oranges, mead, white wine, pumpkins and sweet smelling perfumes).  As with any Yoruban deity, you should taste the edible offerings before giving it to them, it is said to show the deities that you mean no harm and can be trusted. She also loves cowrie shells, and she is also associated with rivers as well.



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