By Kelsey Arrington
“That neverending nurturing you need, the sea has it.” – Nayyirah Waheed
Mami Wata is a water spirit celebrated throughout Africa and the Diaspora.
Believed to be the bringer of good and bad fortune, a healer of the sick and nurturing mother, Mami Wata is a complex representation of good vs evil.
Often portrayed as snake charmer or mermaid, Mami Wata is described as a woman of excessive beauty.
Taking the form of a mermaid, Mami Wata can be seen splashing in the waters at the end of a rainbow after a heavy storm before descending into the magical realm in which she resides…a whimsical world of unrestrained fancy.