Oya Dances

Clay (to be cast in bronze)


Heather Soderberg

Oya is the Spirit of the Wind in African mythology. The word Oya is the name given to describe a complex convergence of spiritual forces that form the foundation of Oya's role in the Spirit Realm related to the movement between energy and form as it moves throughout the Universe.

The function of Oya is to provide those changing conditions that force consciousness to grow, expand and transcend its limitations. The Wind is at the heart of Oya's power and makes Oya an essential part in those ceremonies which honor the memory of the Ancestors. Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death. She stands at the gate of the cemetery, to assist those when they make their final transition in this world, She is the last breath that you take.

She is seen in aspects of warrior-goddess of wind, lightning, fertility, fire, and magic. She creates hurricanes, lightning and tornadoes, which are said to be her whirling skirts as she dances. Oya is the goddess of change, transition, and the chaos that often brings it about.

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