Is Mami Wata and Yemaya the same?
In Nigeria the Yoruba orisha, the sea deity Oshun shares the stage with the widely followed Mami Wata (Mother of the Waters). In Cuba, the orisha of the sea is Yemaya, and Oshun appears as the Virgen de la Caridad, matron saint of Cuba.
Who is Mami Wata?
Mami Wata (Mammy Water) or La Sirene is a water spirit venerated in West, Central, and Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Americas. Mami Wata spirits are usually female, but are sometimes male.
How old is Mami Wata?
Mami Wata traces back to the earliest of African societies as recorded by the griots and keepers of history. The Dogon’s creation myth tells the stories of Mami Wata and traces records of its existence to more than 4000 years ago.
How do you call Mami Wata?
To win the favor of Mami Wata, one must be clean and sweet-smelling both inside and out. Worshipers bathe and drink talcum powder before approaching her altar, neatly decorated with fruit, shells, porcelain artifacts, a mirror and combs. The smell of perfume hangs in the air.
When was Mami Wata founded?
The label officially launched in 2017 from South African co-founders Peet Pienaar, Nick Dutton, Andy Davis, and Masekela, but it only officially launched in the U.S. last month.
Who started Mami Wata?
Founded by CEO Nick Dutton, creative director and artist Peet Pienaar, and writer Andy Davis – the enviably titled Chief Surf Officer, Mami Wata is the first surf label out of Africa that is proudly African.
What does Mami Wata like?
Like other African water divinities known for their dispositional fluidity, Mami Wata can favor devotees with riches of all kinds, including spiritual wisdom, healing and divinatory powers, and beauty and wealth. Or she or he can create natural disasters and reverse traditional social expectations.
Where did Mami Wata come from?
“Mami Wata” is West African pidgin English literally meaning ‘Mama Water’… ‘Mother Ocean’ if you prefer. From Madagascar to Morocco, Liberia to Mozambique, Mami Wata is the African water spirit who appears in the shape of a mermaid.