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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.

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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.

Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death; as such, She is not only the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries but also the Goddess of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, intuition and rebirth. She can call forth the spirit of death, or hold it back - such is the extent of Her power.. Because of Her affiliation to the dead, and Her intense knowledge of the magick arts, Oya is also known as "the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)".