Mami wata (Mother Water) is a water spirit that is celebrated throughout much of west Africa.
Although she may appear in dreams and visions to her devotees as a beautiful mermaid,
she is also said to walk the streets of modern African cities in the guise of a gorgeous but elusive woman.
Her colors are red and white.
She rarely leaves the water and when she does, she enters our dreams.
She rises from the depth of the sea, she can change into any shape and from.
She is praised partly because she can bring good fortune. She is thankful when she’s worshiped, evil if you offend her.
Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent.
In other Tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance.
Her spirits are usually represented in female form, but are sometimes male.
Her spirit has been described in many ways throughout many cultures.
In trinidad and Tobago Mami Wata plays the role of guardian of nature, punishing overzealous hunters or woodcutters.
Those who have have encounters with her have described her energy in many ways.
Some say she communicates without words. Others described the encounter as very abstract through contacts with water.
Some believes that we are more inclined to be open to the messages and inspiration from Mami Wata when we are in contact with water.
For example taking a bath or immersing ourselves in the water.
These photographs is inspired by the dreamy and abstract stories about Mami Wata and her abstract beauty.