Oshun/Ochún, Oya/Oyá, and Oba/Oba

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI:
Oshun/Ochún, Oya/Oyá, and Oba/Oba

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This chapter discusses the three important fluvial goddesses in Yoruban religion: Oya, Oshun, and Oba. They are the wives of Shango, who was discussed in the previous chapter. These goddesses are also associated with atmospheric phenomena; Oba is associated with wild clouds, Oya is associated with tornados, and Oshun is associated with gathering darkness.

Keywords: fluvial goddesses; Yoruban religion; Oya; Oshun; Oba; Shango; atmospheric phenomena; wild clouds; tornados; gathering darkness

Chapter.  7376 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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