Showing posts with label African Mythology of the Mermaid Goddess Mami Wata-. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

African Mythology of the Mermaid Goddess Mami Wata-

African Mythology of the Mermaid Goddess Mami Wata-
This is an typical
look for Mami Wata an all
African Mermaids at the
times 
In this post my dears Friends and Followers I am going to bring you into the African Mythology of the Mermaid Goddess called Mani Wata.  Mani Wata was one of the most Popular cults in western and Central Africa. Mani Wata religion was carried into the New world by the African slaves to all parts to the world. She is a Goddess in the Cult of Voudun. However, not the one you might have heard of in Hollywood Voodoo nonsense. Mani Wata had even influenced many of the American Indians Myths too.
Besides being an Goddess/Mermaid Mami Wata was described as being much more that just a beautiful woman. Her beauty was so extreme it was said to be supernatural. When she did ware clothes which wasn't that often, she seemed to shine in ways that no other woman could match. Mami Wata possesses an unimaginable wealth and would dazzling everyone with her jewelry. Besides all the jewels in the world that she had to her disposal, many times she was nude with just a snake coiled around her waist and its head between her breasts. Her hair is black and her skin,  a cocoa light brown was an unusual trait in the African Mythology at the time. In her mermaid form she is naked. Since she is a goddess of wealth she may be shown with a golden mirror or a golden
comb. Like that of many European mermaids she is often combing her long black hair while gazing into the golden mirror. It seems that Color is very important in African Mythology. Colors have an opposite meanings in African Mythology and have important characteristic of the Goddesses  Mami Wata. Why? Well because unlike many other Gods/Goddess, she is described in terms of opposites. Which means, its a way of saying that her true nature is beyond all opposites and all things.  I know its a bit complicated but, some of these Mythology's are a little over the top. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding what they are trying to say too. Anyway on with the tale. It seems that Mani Wata is alot like the  Greek Goddesses of the Olympians too. Her colors are red and white. As you will seen in some the the images that I will share with you..  Red is the color of blood and death/Violence Male qualities in the African Mythology. However, Red can also mean transparent or clear too. If I have lost you, I am a bit confused too. However, it does get a bit easier as the legend goes on.. Mami Wata was a Symbol in African Mythology as a nature force that didn't follow human ideas of good & evil.  She was also a goddess of fertility, sexuality, healing, wealth and Beauty. Its seems that in the African Mythology they have even compared her to the the Goddess Aphrodite or Astarte from a living cult. Mami Wata has the attributes of a mermaid too! the beautiful tail, the comb, mirror, long hair and beauty, She is a genuine goddess with followers who both love and feared her. She is an ancient goddess in Modern times. Also it seems that in the African Folk tales about the Mami Wata are contradictory; They show her as both the bringer of fortune and of misfortune. The reason for this is, because she is a goddess and she has never been an human thus has not understanding of the human condition. So to her there is no difference between good and evil. Interesting Eh!
Mami Wata now in her Mermaid form- Well it seems that sometimes she can be seen splashing about in the oceans at the end of rainbows after heavy storms. Or maybe even on sunny days she may decide to sun bathe on a rock...if you are so lucky to catch a look. It is said that she lives in a magical realm 'Underwater' a transparent land of pure spirit.  In other stories she will come up from her watery realm and assume the appearance of a beautiful mortal woman.
And when she does this she might even to out to the bars, flirting and giving the impression she is a loose woman. Mani Wata in this form will even go to bed with a man and soon after he will find he has contradict a STD or became impotent. She isn't a very nice Goddess as a human I must say! My oh, My...I also found that she is sometimes used as an slang term for prostitute in Africa. Other African folk tales are the opposite of what I just described you above. Mami Wata will come to a man who is one of her devoted followers. After a night of lust she will reveal her true identify to him and then demand that he remain faithful to only her.   Now if he does remain faithful to her, Mami Wata rewards him with her weath and a very good life. However, if the man ever breaks his word, she will take from him all she has given him and so much more...which one doen't want to even talk about!!!
In some of the African Folk tales, she will take, men or even women away to her land beneath the water her "Magical Realm". These mortal men & momen are trasformed by the experience, meaning when they all are retured to earth they are quite different in many ways.. They are more serene and stranglely remote from the world around them. Also they have become quite more beautiful and have become wealthy. Know one really knows how these things happen they just do. Mami Wata has also appeared to people in their dreams, counseling them or granting them the boons of wealth, good health and even children. However, there is a little contradiction here when it comes to Mami Wata granting children to women in their dreams. Why? I discovered that Mami Wata denies children to those women who are her special favorites. These such women are chosen to represent her in the human world and are otherwise granted beauty and wealth. So this is why exceptionally beautiful women are sometimes called "Mami Wata'' in Africa. I hope You all Enjoyed the post 
On the Goddess/Mermaid African Mami Wata. I certainlly did. 
As promised I will put a few of the photo' I found of her too 





















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