Oya, is a great Orisha, sweet and scary at the same time, who is present in the light winds but also in hurricane force winds, squalls, thunderstorms and sparks. She is named as Ade Laye: “who kills with fire” and saved the duality of the great mother and the great warrior who accompanies her beloved Shango, in all battles. She is a warrior’s heart, know that you will fight and defend what is theirs, the battle from day to day is your happiness. She knows how to win, have fervor for the war, either in life or in the art of love. Oya is said that she expresses your love and joy in the same proportion that expressed his anger. Thus, began to identify more with the activities related to the man, that take place outside the House. Colors: Brown, red, and pink. Symbols: Sword, Iruka. Elements: Fire, air moving. Domains: storms, winds, lightning, death. IYA Mesan Orun, Oya!

Oya has a special power over egguns, for being the mother of 9 of them. Lover of war fought alongside Oggun and Shango in campaigns that they performed. Shango was accompanied when he left Oyo and Queen of Kosso was named by this. Her cult is territory Tapa, Kosso and Oyo. Oya’s name comes from Yorùbá Òyá (Olo: owner - Oya: darkness) also known as Yansá de el Yorùbá Iyámsá (Iya: mother - Omo: children - Mesa: nine)

Yanza Jekua Jeyy! Ase OOO!

Female Orisha of multiple features, linked to several kingdoms: centella, lightning fire; water (is the divine guardianship of the Niger River); the cemetery and the forest. Protects the sensuality and the overflow, being its prototype of the liberal and independent woman who is not tied to children or to anything apart from her goals.

Jekua Jeyyy Yanza!! Maferefun Oya todos los dias de mi vida.

Oya-Yansa Iansa (Oya)

Oya is tornadoes, winds, and lightning. She a warrior, an Amazon. She is armed and fight against injustice. -She is the storm - storm and rain. She loves to dance. She is the only Orisha who dares to confront the spirits of the dead. Eggplant, chickens, goats, sheep, lobster, black horsehair, red wine, plums and grapes love to it. Her colors are red, purple, Brown and burnt orange.

Her day is Wednesday and number is 9. you can greet, ‘Jekuá Oya’. She is associated with the dark Moon and the planet Uranus.

“Here comes Oya with her luminous Crown. Oya here comes with the wind and the rain. Travels the forest, flying over the hills. Here comes Oya, the Queen of the wind and the rain.”

Yanza Jekua Jeyy! Maferefun my beautiful Iya Oya!


Chango was at a party and he was drinking, dancing and having the time of his life. He was swaying his hips and showing all his handsome masculinity. The crown on his head was kept firmly on  his head representing that he is a king. He did not realize with all this, some of his enemies were outside of the party watching Chango.

Soon the party was dying out and Chango started giving his good bye’s to everyone. He soon staggered to a corner where one of his enemies was hidden, withing a second, his enemies tied him up and locked him in a cell. 

Days passed and none knew where the great king was. Oya who was married with Ogun already had left Ogun and had a fling with Chango. Oya noticed that Chango left his pilon and mortar where he keeps his secrets in her house. 

Time passed and Oya grew very worried about Chango. She soon began wondering about his pilon and mortar, what was so special about it? She soon removed the red cloth covering the pilon and saw nothing. She touched the mortar and noticed it had a gleam to it. Inside the mortar, there was a clear liquid that began to vibrate and form an image.

In the image, Oya saw that Chango was being held captive by his enemies. She saw that he was locked up in a cage for a dog and his enemies were making a mockery of him. Oya saw that he could not do anything as he did not have his powers. Growing upset, lightning sparks started to form in her hair and she yelled up in the sky to call for a lightning to come so she could ride on it to find Chango. 

Oya grabbed the liquid and put it towards her lips as to kiss her beloved Chango. In an instant, her lips began to burn furiously. She ran from her house to a well and the water did not do anything. Oya opened her mouth as she could not stand the burning sensation and a fireball came from it. She screamed and fire would release, burning everything. The lightning fell at her feet and took her to where Chango was held captive. 

She was soon above where Chango was kept captive and Oya screamed a war cry, releasing fire from her moth. A centella came from the sky and broke the locks that were holding Chango. When his enemies saw Oya breathing fire from her mouth, they all ran for cover. 

Chango did not know how he was released but when he went outside, he saw Oya and was reluctant to run the other way as he had never seen Oya in this state. Oya sent another centella to get Chango and he was soon by her side throwing thunderbolts at his enemies. 

Both arrived at Oya’s home safe and he was amazed at her actions. Chango told her that he was the only one who knew the secrets of throwing fire that were kept in his pilon and mortar. Oya turned to him and told him that she had looked into the mortar and tasted the secret that had there. He was upset but grateful that she had saved him. From that day on when he goes to battle, Oya fights alongside him. 

Oya is a warrior’s heart, she knows how to fight and defend what is yours, the battle of every day is her happiness. She knows to conquer, is the fervor of the war, is the art of love. It shows her love and contagious joy to externalise their anger. Therefore, she began to identify more with the activities related to the man. Being functions typically male does not exclude Yanza characteristics to be sensual, ardent, passionate, and female. Jekuá Jey, Yanza, your blessing!.

Oya Yanza is well-defined and established commanding the spirits of the dead. She is described as Warrior Orisha, which loads a sword displaying an aggressive temperament. Oya is full of magic, of determination, of detachment, without fear. Great companion of Sango, she is the Orisha of the winds, storms, violent, impulsive nature, that firm force makes that you not want to get carried away by emotions. Restless, authoritarian, sensual, Orisha of strong, domineering and impetuous temperament. The sons and daughters of this Orisha are bold, sensual people. Given that she endowed with inexhaustible energy, her children are dynamic, intense. Sometimes her daughters are very proud, formidable, rebellious, always willing to war. They do not like the household chores. When are they passionate they are extremely dedicated to their man. They are very independent, but when engaged in a person are the best partners, the children of this Orisha are pretty fickle, like to be honored. They are suspicious and don’t care what people say of them.

Oya Yanza is very respected by the subjects of the King of Oyo, account the mythology that when someone wanted something from Shango, first calling Oya. Yanza is very similar to Shango, a female copy of the Lord of Thunder. She is a warrior and has power over fire.

Text of Hector Solis.

*Comunidad Religiosa*

Two kingdoms,

two winds,

two storms

and hurricanes.

Deliver us mama Oya,

from all hazards

physical and spiritual…

Oya, is a great Orisha, sweet and scary at the same time, which is present in the light winds but also in hurricane force winds, squalls, thunderstorms and sparks. She is named as Ade Laye: “who kills with fire” and saved the duality of the great mother and the great warrior who accompanies her beloved Chango, in all battles. She has a warrior’s heart, knows that she will fight and defend what is hers, the battle of every day is her happiness. She knows how to win, has skill for the war, either in life or in the art of love. It is said that she expresses her love and joy in the same proportion that expressed her anger. Thus, she began to identify more with the activities related to the man, that take place outside the House.

Colors: Brown, red, and pink.

Symbols: Sword, Iruka.

Elements: Fire, air in movement.

Domains: storms, winds, lightning, death.

IYA Mesan Orun, Oya!

OYA: The Buffalo woman, mother of 9, the Orisha of wind, she is the breeze that refreshes us, draft us cooling, she is the fury of the storm. Oya is the invisible motion of air in the atmosphere, her action is to reflect the swirl of Earth, shaking of the trees, greater symbol is the mask on her face and no one can see how she is. Oya is associated with the sweep and make a change with the wind, as well as for worse for.

She is the first breath when one is born and the last breath when one dies. She is the patron Orisha of the market, the market is the reincarnation of this ideal, here is the reversal of fortune of the man, making rich poor and poor to rich, and continuous people and never ceases to share in the market.

Represents destruction, of an old society and making way for a new one. With all the power to destroy whole cities, and then reverting them to their original state. She was pleased to send hurricanes and tornadoes that destroy everything in their path, and forcing to renew and rebuild new towns and villages.

In folklore, Oya was the favorite wife of Shango who went with Shango of Oyo and thus became a Orisha. There is a story originally she was the wife of Oggun, and she was responsible for stealing their original tools which were weapons of war of Oggun. They came to say that Shango got a pumpkin of medicine allowing it to launch lightning from his mouth. One day Oya got finger into the pumpkin of medicine and became a cross in the language and later when she talked about fire out of her mouth she was amazed and Thunderstruck, she could climb to la palma in the same way as Shango since then with her spark to help Shango in their wars. In fact the cry of Shango in the form of lightning is a reminder of his marriage with Oya, in that Thunder is caused by a sudden expansion of air on a platform of electric charge.

Oya is the Queen of the cemetery. She is said that her house is the Pantheon and the spirits of death are her main objectives. Oya is the wind of death that swirl and howls in the pantheons. Oya has a great relationship with Iku, the Orisha of death.

Oya is the owner of the broom. Which means a symbolic whistle of the wind. In Nigeria, no one shakes broom because the sound that makes is equal to the sound of death. In the new world, one eyelet because the whistle is associated with death the sweep is not a representation of change.

Oya is associated with the bed, which symbolizes the rest and the final resting place. It is because it is the closest thing to death when one sleeps and because the bed is the place more peaceful place to die and take your last breath.

Oya is called mother of 9, because she had 9 children this represents 9 colors used as her symbol. She has a very close relationship with Obaluaye, her symbol is a Palm in the case of Obaluaye broom the extends diseases in the world, helped by the wind; with Orisha Oko, because she helps to extend the pollen and seeds; with Ochosi because in her relationship with the buzz of the arrow war, among other things.

With Yemaya, because their relationship between the wind and the tide, in its phase of wrath the two Orishas can cause tsunamis, tsunami causing mass destruction.

In Brazil she is known as Yanzan.

In the cult of Haiti Voodoo know her as: Grande Brigette, wife of Baron Samedi, the owner of the cemetery.

Nestor Enrique Gomez Ferreira (notes)

Yanza Jekua Jeyyy! Maferefun Oya! Ase OO!


Ajalaiye, ajal òrun, fun mi ire. Iba Yansan.

Ajalaiye, ajal òrun, fun mi alafia. Iba Oya.

Ajalaiye, Ajal òrun winiwini. Mbe mbe ma Yansan. Ase.


The winds of the Earth and the sky bring me good fortune. I commend the mother

of the nine main ancestors.

The winds of the Earth and the sky bring me good health. I commend Oya.

The winds of the Earth and the sky are wonderful.

There is the mother of the nine main ancestors. Ase.

Oya could not have children and was to get a reading with the babalawo. This said, then, that if she offered sacrifices, she could have them. One of the reasons for which she still did not have was because Oya did not respect her food ban (evo), prohibiting eating mutton.

The sacrifice would be 18,000 cowrie shells of sea (payment), many colorful fabrics and mutton. With meat prepared a remedy to make her eat it; and never again would she eat this meat.

As for fabrics, should be delivered as an offering.

She did so and, later, gave birth nine children (Oya mystical number).

Thereafter she also became known by the name of “Iya mesan omo”, which means “mother of nine children” and that clumps together as “Iyansan”.

Jekua Jey Yanzaa! Maferefun Iyami Oya!

Oya is associated in his ways with the wind, the souls, water and war.

Oyá Dira: Violent warrior that incites envy, jealousy and quarrels. She is a companion of Eshu.

Oyá Tolá: having responsibility in bringing honour and riches. Bracelets of gold, alliances, jewels are placed

Oya Nike: that works in the hills, mountains and quarries. She has dealings with the Eguns and dominates the winds from the top. She carries irunke, range of leather and guampa.

Oyá Funké: Oya has power over the winds and tempests. She revolutionizes the places where passes and he is offering in high places.

Oyá Igbalé: She works in cemeteries during night with the Eguns and also on the Holy Mount. Use whip, irunke, fan.

Oyá Nira: the former Queen in the city of anger. She is associated to the floods of the rivers, mud and rain. Her husband is Oggún Onirá and both are warriors who belong to the lineage of the “Orishas of water”.

Oyá Bomi: which born in the waters, works in rivers and on the shores of the seas.

Oyá Bumi: living in the deep wells of the rivers and lagoons, is that causes eddies of wind over water.

Oya’s: Warrior and Huntress, works in the fields and mountains near the rivers.

In addition to these caminos, we can name the following:

Oya, Oya Dibeji Deyi, Oya Oya Oya Doko, OK is, Baratená, Oya Oya Oya Bioko, Tofá, Tigbowá, Oya Oya Oya, Dumi, Odó, Orirí, Oya Oya Oya Oya Tápa, Dompé, Asesún, Miwá, Daké, Oya Oya Oya Oya, Abesan Nitá Egun, Oya, Oya Lajá Bolá, among other.