I enjoy finding ways to share goddesses with others. Since it’s always fun to have conversation starters at a party, I like to incorporate a goddess in the dish I bring. As a prayerful exercise, I love taking the time to learn about the foods, favors and colors that please the goddess I am studying.
Currently, I am learning about the Goddess Oya. She is one of the most powerful African goddesses, the Orishas. As a fire goddess, she is also the goddess of thunder, lightening, tornadoes, winds and hurricanes. Oya is symbolized by nine colors: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, black, white and brown. She loves eggplants, red wine, purple grapes. She likes black beans, rice and chickpeas.
Thinking about her colors, the black beans and chickpeas, I decided to create “Oya’s Bowl”. I found the Good Bean chili-lime chickpea snacks at our health food store. They were nice and spicy, representing Oya’s fire. Then, I added a orange habanero chip and white corn tortilla chips. By using black bean refried beans and cheddar cheese for the bean dip, and a colorful frozen mix with a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, I was able to represent Oya’s favorite colors. The frozen mix included corn, bean, green pepper and onion.
Finally, I put together some information about Goddess Oya and added it on a skewer. This created interested and described everything in the bowl. The photo above reflects the items I used.
What a great way to bring the goddess into your every day life, but also to share Her with others! If you should prepare a dish that reflects your Goddess, please share!!!