Black Authors : Mami Wata:Africa's Ancient God/dess Unveiled

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  1. Bluewater

    Bluewater Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hello Family
    Here is a book that I think made be to all our interest
    I just order it. So I don't have the full 411 to share.
    But from the brief outline below and the vibe received
    from the Black Spirituality Religion Forum I wanted to share this link with you.
    Mami Wata: Africa's Ancient God/dess Unveiled Vol. IMami Wata: Africa's Ancient God/dess Unveiled Vol. I

    Here is the outline : This first definitive work on the predomiance of this powerful African deity throughout
    the ancient world has quickly become a "cult" classic. The evolution of Mami Wata in establishing, shaping
    and expanding the spiritual and sacerdotal foundation of world religion, reveals also the lost but glorious past
    of African women's spirituality. Hailed as the new "bible" on the history of African women, this comprehensive
    well-researched body of work will benefit academics, students, and all who are seeking to fill the missing void
    in world religious and cultural history. Totaling over 800 pages.
     
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    http://www.mamiwata.com/mami.htm

    From Myth to Divine Reality

    Ancient African God/dess Reawakens in the Soul of the Diaspora
    MWHS

    From the outset, it must be emphatically stated that the name Mami Wata is plural, meaning it refers to a pantheon of ancient water deities. Mami Wata are not part of the Yoruba pantheon of Orishas (i.e., Yemoja, Oshun etc.,), nor are their initiation ceremonies or means by which they are identified the same. The priesthood of Mama Wata is overwhelmingly matriarchal, meaning that the Mami Watas are a part of the old African matriarchal, sacerdotal religious systems that once ruled and denominated Africa and many parts of the ancient world for thousands of years.

    The mystical pantheon of Mami Wata deities are often pictured in their most ancient primordial aspects as a mermaid, half-human or either half-fish or half-reptile. Mermaids are not a recent phenomena in African history. For example, according to the Dogon’s creation myth, they attribute the creation of the world to mermaid/mermen like creatures whom they call Nommos. They claimed to have known about the existence of these mermaid-like divinities for more than 4000 years. Also according to Dogon mythology, the ancient home of these (originally crude) reptilian (half-woman/half-men/fish) pantheon of water spirits is believed to be the obscure and celebrated star system in the belt of Orion known as Sirius (or Sopdet, Sothis), more popularly known as the “Dog Star” of Isis. When asked where their ancestors obtained these stories of mermaids and mermen, they quickly point to ancient Egypt (Griaule, 1997, Winters 1985, p. 50-64, Temple 1999, p.303-304). Mermaid/mermen "nymphs" worshiped as goddesses and gods born from the sea are numerous in ancient African cultures history and spiritual mythology. Most were honored and respected as being "bringers of divine law" and for establishing the theological, moral, social, political, economic and, cultural foundation, to regulating the overflow of the Nile, and regulating the ecology i.e., establishing days for success at sailing and fishing, hunting, planting etc., to punishment by devastating floods when laws and taboos were violated. However, just as not all serpents were revered, not all mermaids/mermen were considered "good." In one story, the famed London, Naturalists Henry Lee (1883) recounts that "in the sea of Angola mermaids are frequently caught which resemble the human species. They are taken in nets, and killed . . . and are heard to shriek and cry like women (p. 22).".....




    ANCIENT ORIGINS OF NAME "MAMI WATA"
    The name “Mami Wata,” was believed by Western scholars to be a derivative either directly from pidgin English, or is an anglicize version of the two words “mommy/mammy” and “water.” However, though phonetically similar to the English words, the name “Mami Wata” does not have its linguistic roots nor any cultural, mythological or historical origins in the West. Mami Wata are ancient, African deities whose primordial origins and name can be traced linguistically through the languages of Africa. According to some renowned scholars, the name “Mami Wata” was originally formulated in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and is derived from a composite of two African words, “Mami,” and “Wata.” Both words are rooted in the ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian (Coptic), Galla and Demotic languages. “Mami” is derived from “Ma” or ”Mama,” meaning “truth/wisdom,” and “Wata” is a corruption of not an English, but the ancient Egyptian word “Uati,” (or "Uat-ur" meaning ocean water), and the Khosian ("Hottentot") "Ouata" meaning “water.”......
     
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    visit mamiwata.com
     
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