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Oya rules the dead and is involved with the ancestors, cemeteries, and the wind. She is a rather tempestuous, commanding orisha, responsible for windstorms and electrocution. She is a goddess of transitions and change. Some say she is the ultimate ruler of fire but allows Chango to use it. She is also a warrior, sometimes depicted as putting on pants or even a beard to go to war, particularly at Chango's side.

She is associated with Our Lady of Candlemas, St. Teresa and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Fire, a lance, a black horsetail, or a copper crown with nine points all represent Oya, who is also associated with copper in general. Her color is maroon.
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