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Goddess: Oya (Yoruba) : Oya is the Yoruba warrior-goddess of fire, wind, magic, fertility, and other chaotic, electrifying phenomena. She's also the goddess of the Niger river, and she wears a lot of red! She is not a goddess in quite the same sense as a Greco-Roman deity, but is an "orisha," an elemental spirit.
Anders Rising’s portrait of dancer, singer, and founding member of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, Zenaida Armenteros (b. 1931), ca. 2006: She dances forth the powerful orisha, Oyá, the feared guardian of the cemeteries, with a temperament that makes the other saints of the Yoruba religion tremble, the only one who knows how to conquer the warrior god Changó – with her sweetness.