WHO IS OYA YANZA?
OYA - This is the Orisha overseer of the winds and the gatekeeper of the cemetery.
She is the governor of the dead or the "Egun". She is a powerful warrior and embodies the natural forces of the Nigerian river, lightning and thunder.
In the form of an animal she is viewed as the water buffalo and unlike other
Orisha the water buffalo is not her familiar but her actual self.
She is a shape shifter judging from her many manifestations.
She provides her children or the people who worship her with the ability to change them selves.
Her colors are maroon and white and the number nine is commonly
associated which recalls her title of "Yansa" which translates to "mother of nine".
She is a strong warrior and rides to battle by Chango or "Shang".
Oya loves to dance and is the only orisha who has the courage to confront the spirit of the dead.
Her children offer her eggplant, hens, female goats, sheep, black horsehair,
copper and red wine among a few other offerings.
The common day to offer servings to Oya is on a wednesday.
Her children wear read beads to represent her prescenge among them and
her place within the home lies in the study or the library.