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Mermaid: Mami Water


A mermaid or Mami water also know as mother of the water is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.

Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Grouping: Mythological

Sub grouping: Water spirit

Similar creatures: Merman Selkie Siren Undine

Mythology: World mythology

Country: Worldwide

Habitat: Ocean, sea

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Unlike the little mermaid though, this goddess is not a doe eyed princess looking for her true love, instead she’s out for an easy slave to carry back to her watery kingdom to serve her and her sisters for as long as they wish.

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Another belief is that, if you find one brushing her hair by the beach at night, she will swim away and leave her comb behind, if you pick up this comb, she will appear to you in your dreams asking for it back, in exchange for money, any amount you want. No sex, where would you even put anything?

In ancient Assyria the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover.

Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings.

In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

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The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry.

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Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts The male and the female collectively are sometimes referred to as merfolk.



Mami Water (Lit. “Mother of the Water”) are water spirits venerated in west, central and southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America.

They are usually female, but are sometimes male. They are regarded as diabolical beings, and are often femme fatale, luring men to their deaths.

The Persian word “برایم بمان” or “maneli” means “mermaid”.

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With all these, she is actually revered by some cultures.

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