This 14.5″ – 15” Oya beaded necklace was handmade by me using high-quality glass seed beads.
Other lengths can be made to order. Send me a message to put in your request. These Oya necklaces are composed of multicolored beads, as is the tradition.
Ọya (also known as Oyá or Oiá; Yansá or Yansã; and Iansá or Iansã in Latin America) is an orisha of winds, lightning, and violent storms, death, and rebirth. She is similar to the Haitian god Maman Brigitte, who is syncretized with the Catholic Saint Brigit.
In Yoruba, the name Oya means “she tore.” She is known as Ọya-Iyansan – the “mother of nine” — due to the Niger River (known to the Yoruba as the Odo-Ọya) traditionally being known for having nine tributaries.
Elekes are typically received as part of the initiatory Collares/Elekes Ceremony in Regla de Ocha.
These have been consecrated.