O: Oya

O: Oya

Oya is the Yoruba goddess of wind, water, thunder, the weather, the Niger river, and sudden change. She is known for having a masculine aspect, going so far as to even don a beard! While she is unpredictable, Oya is also seen as a guardian of balance, acting to right wrongs, enforce moral codes, and bring punishment down upon thieves and liars.