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.