Sunday 14 August 2022

The Story of Oya (Goddess of Wind)

“ Oya died courageously with her husband

She puts matters in order suddenly

The Wind of Death

Mother of Nine shatters the evil mound of earth

Strong wind demolishes tree by the family door

Rumor in the clouds

Hurls down stone ax

Courageous woman  armed with a sword



Sets the leaves of the ITI tree in brilliant motion

She kills suddenly

She enters suddenly”

Oriki Oya

Anago Yorùbá of Benin Republic

By Thompson 

Photo: Oya Shrine Sculpture from Ekiti, Odo-Owa

Photo credit: David Allison

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