Oya is the ruler of the winds, the whirlwind and the gates of the cemetery. Her number is 9 which recalls her title of Yansa or "Mother of Nine" in which she rules over the egun or dead. She is also known for the colors of maroon, flowery patterns and nine different colors. She is a fierce warrior who rides to war with Shango (sharing lightning and fire with him) and was once the wife of Ogun. Oya is a fierce female warrior and the Orisha of change. She took the secret of slinging lightning from Chango. She fights with machetes and scares away Iku (death) with her horsetail fly whisk. She is the owner of the cemetery gates, but does not live in the cemetery contrary to common belief. She resides in the market place. She is depicted as a lithe powerful warrior woman wearing a skirt of 9 different colors.
Names: Oya, Yansa, Yansan
A.K.A: Our Lady of Candelmas or Saint Theresa
Colors: Brown, dark red or multi-colors
* Oya and Ogun fight side by side with the powers of lightning and iron.