Godchecker's mythology encyclopedia

Also known as OY, OYA-IYANSAN

Fantastic Goddess of Practically Everything

She is the multi-tasking deity of the River Niger, but she is far more than just a river goddess. One of the most impressive ORISHAS, her corporate portfolio includes a range of essential public services such as weather, funerals and lung disease. She is also an expert marketing professional. Hence this free publicity.

As you might imagine, she has a very colorful personality, favoring rainbow hues plus black and burgundy. After a hard day's work she likes a drop of red wine. Particularly on her special day, Wednesday. And she deserves it; one of her specialist duties is looking after mucous membranes and bronchial passages. You would never think it to look at her.

OYA is not averse to a bit of strong-arm stuff and has had a few conflicts with SHANGO — her consort — and YEMAYA. She also keeps in touch with the dead and is a good ancestor guide.

All this and she has found time to be the mother of nine and keep them away from the glare of publicity. Nine tributary rivers, that is.

We are utterly impressed. They don't make goddesses like this any more.

  • Share this page:

Article last updated on 09 May 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

Please mention Godchecker.com when praying to deities.

Godchecker's article on Oya is based on material from ancient texts, original references and our own research. We strive for accuracy and update regularly with new information. If you spot a mistake please contact us and we'll try to fix it.

Suggested further reading...
Name : OYA
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GREAT, really beneficial
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : OY, OYA-IYANSAN
Popularity index : 2544

Join the Godchecker mailing list

Stay in the loop with Godchecker updates. You can unsubscribe at any time.
We are often asked about merchandise. Can we supply the latest Oya graphic novel, book or comic? Not to mention role-playing games (RPG), video games, Oya movies on DVD, BluRay and so on. To purchase such goodies we suggest you search for a dedicated mythology-based online store - or try Amazon, Ebay or other reputable websites. We offer a wide range of our own merchandise in our online GodShop, but we don't currently sell third party items. Yet!

Visitors often email us asking about Oya statues, sculptures or carved figurines of Oya. We regret we cannot assist with identifying such items.

PRESS or MEDIA enquiries? Contact us here.

REPRODUCTION REQUESTS. This site is copyright and all rights are reserved. If you wish to use our material in your essay, book, article or project, please consult our permissions information page.

SUPPORT THE GODS. Found this site useful? Consider donating a few pennies to the Godchecker Temple Roof Fund.

The Gods told us to do it.
The Complete List of AFRICAN GODS...

Can't find the African God you want? Try searching our Holy Database...