The reality of Voodoo in Benin

As such, a fifteenth-century bronze medallion bearing a double-tailed mermaid appears here. It was through these manifestations that these civilizations were thought survival skills such as hunting, gathering,and order. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Mami Wata and Vodoun Facts at Cantor Arts Center

An actual shrine is recreated to show how such objects would function in situ to propitiate the spirit. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites. As the serpent she represents both the linga phallus and the yoni womb.

Written nearly 30 years ago, it tells of Dom Francisco de Silva, a 19th-century Brazilian migrant who became Benin's most notorious slave trader.

Mami Wata Altar

Great stuff here Doug. Her followers wear white during ceremonies, and pay attention that the temple is always kept clean. I met an English-speaking teacher called Yvette who took me to see a local Fa reader. The traveller then takes the invaluable items.

Mami Wata - SOUL OF AFRICA Museum

The figure disappeared into the night. The exhibition will be on display through August 10, Kings are ten-a-penny in Benin although, as museum guide Mireille explained, Benin's monarchy endured a hiatus during French colonisation in the s and its year flirtation with Communism. Fowler OutSpoken Panel: Many people say that the animating force behind all religions, including Vodun, Eckankar, and Hindu mysticism, is witchcraft.

She then demands his complete sexual faithfulness and secrecy about the matter. A large snake symbol of divination and divinity frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. At The Tree of Forgetfulness, Remi explained how "slaves would circle nine times to magically forget everything, so they weren't sad in their new lives. The Dogon tribe of Africa call them Nummos.

This is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. Regardless of the exact origin of Mami Wata—or rather origins, since we can identify several, from three different continents: Although Vodun is alive and well in Benin today, its association with this historical period and its role as the source of African diasporic religions in the Americas have the unfortunate consequence of freezing the religion in time.

In our age, marked by the spread of AIDS, she represents a woman who is a danger to men, a formidable seductress bearing sickness and death.