The Ayana are spirits of the Oromo (also known as Galla) people of Ethiopia and Kenya. Ayana can be benevolent or malicious. A relationship with a spirit may be passed down from mother to daughter in similar manner to Zar. Some theorize that the Ayana are a branch of the Zar family. Like Zar, the Ayana are possessing spirits. Ceremonies in which the Ayana come down and possess devotees occur throughout the year for purposes of healing or just to celebrate the Ayana.
Atete; Zar; and the Glossary entry for Possession
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