Oya, Goddess Of The Winds And Travel. Oya is a warrior Goddess with loving intentions. She is well known and loved for her soft and gentle side but even more well known for her fierce storms as the goddess of change. She brings down the dead wood to make room for the new. She uses Her machete or sword to clear a path for new growth. Both loved and feared in regions of Africa and the Amazon. Her promise is that what she destroys needed to be destroyed to allow change to happen. She is also thought to watch over travelers and help guide the newly departed on their new journey.