Black Spirituality Religion : MAMI WATA

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Mami Wata is a complex symbol with so many resonances that she feeds the imagination, generating, rather than limiting, meanings and significances. She is at once a nurturing mother; sexy mama; provider of riches; healer of physical and spiritual ills; and embodiment of dangers and desires, risks and challenges, dreams and aspirations, fears and forebodings. People are attracted to the seemingly endless possibilities she represents and, at the same time, frightened by her destructive potential. She inspires a vast array of emotions, attitudes, and actions among those who worship her, fear her, study her, and create works of art about her.

    Often appearing with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish, Mami Wata straddles earth and water, culture and nature. She may also take the form of a snake charmer, sometimes in combination with her mermaid attributes and sometimes separate from them. She can exist in the form of indigenous African water spirits known as mami watas and papi watas or assume aspects of a Hindu deity or a Christian saint without sacrificing her identity.

    http://www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/mamiwata/who.html





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    I have an Oshun carving similar to the one above. I hope you bring us more on mami wata as you learn

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    They are all beautiful, but I particularly like that one in the middle, the one with the babies sucking from the breast.


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    Will do.

    The last image resonates with me moreso than the others.
     
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    Sadly, I do not. Ill track that gentleman down and see if I can tease an answer out of him. I briefly converted to Mormonism when I was 16 lol (good times). They have some interesting beliefs - like swimming is not allowed because the Devil controls water.

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    You know what carving I really want? it looks something like this:

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    The snakes issuing from the nostrils indicated clairvoyant powers relating to the 3rd eye or pineal gland which is located behind the nose. I think they are pretty amazing.
     
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    Lol you should start a thread about that, I thought they didn't like black people?
     
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