Storm was Based On An African Goddess? History of Oya

Hello everyone, its Dennis from “wisdom from fiction” and today I wanted to discuss about one of my favorite heroes from the comics: Storm. When I was growing up I used to read many comics and was a fan of superheroes like Spider-man, Hulk, and the X-men. The cartoons were really important to me and I remember trying to jump off couches and swing from trees. I got many bumps and bruises but I feel it was all worth it. One of my favorite characters from the comics was Ororo/ storm. She was a mutant with great power to control the weather and create huge tornadoes and massive hurricanes. In her country she was even worshipped as a Goddess because of her immense control of the weather. And she also got some romance going with Black Panther, who is about to get his own movie. Already got my tickets, but I digress. What fascinated me about her character was the cultural side of her. Although she is from Manhattan, she comes from a long line of African Priestess with the abilities to wield magic. Her mother was a princess in a Kenyan tribe but later married and moved to Manhattan where Ororo was born. Storm_Unleashed_by_windriderx23

Now what I found most interesting is that Storm’s powers resemble that of an African Orisha(god) known as Oya. Oya is the Yoruba Orisha of the weather and storms. Much like the comic character Storm, Oya could also appear in gusts of wind and storms where she appears to be flying. She was also seen as a very fierce warrior that had a main weapon that she carried around: the machete. I will cover more about her origin as well as other Orishas in my African Pantheon series. But what I can say is that she was the wife of the thunder God Shango and got her ability of lightning from him. She is mostly celebrated in the Nigerian area and one of the translations of her name means “mother of nine” as she is said to have nine children and she runs the Nile river.In the comics when storm returns to Africa, she is worshiped by the Nigerian people the same way that Oya is worshiped in the real world. There are many parallels between the two characters and it made me excited to learn more about these Orishas and the influence they have on other media platforms. They are very underrepresented and hardly heard about so I decided to give them some more love. If you have any questions and want to learn more in depth about African deities, then feel free to let me know.

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