Oya by Holley Bakich
When Europeans moved into countries practicing Santeria, they forcibly "converted" everyone to Christianity. On the outside, it looked like the natives were worshipping Christian saints, but secretly, they attached their own gods to the images, making Santeria a syncretic religion. This piece and the one entitled, "Virgen de Candelaria" depict Oya in both of her guises. She is the goddess of change, combat, storms, and strength, while the Virgen is the Christian "face" the people worshipped.